BERLIN (AP) - Authorities say a single batch of deep-frozen strawberries appears to have been behind an outbreak of gastroenteritis in eastern Germany that hit more than 11,000 people, mostly children at schools and day-care centers.
The national disease-control center, the Robert Koch Institute, said late Friday that studies showed a strong connection between eating food prepared with the strawberries and the cases of vomiting and diarrhea.
It says evidence has increased that norovirus, a mostly food- or water-borne illness, was the cause _ though it can’t yet entirely rule out other pathogens.
Officials have said the sicknesses were moderate and most children recovered quickly without needing to be hospitalized
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