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-- figured out the definitive source named in Europe's deadly E.
Investigators say German grown vegetable sprouts led to the deaths of 31 people and sickened thousands more including four Americans.
The US Centers for Disease Control doing its own investigation.
Into the outbreak.
Senior correspondent John Roberts got a rare look inside the agency's labs he joins us now live from CDC headquarters in Atlanta job.
Good morning to you John -- the Germans say they have found the definitive source but that it's important to point out.
That they did not find evidence of the bacteria on any of those vegetable sprouts and for that reason.
Officials here at the Centers for Disease Control say it's too early to make such a declarative statement.
It may be that sprouts -- the cause.
But they can't see that for sure they are very worried though about this bacteria it's one that hasn't really been known to cause problems in the past and they're wondering what they have on their hands.
We've got a rare opportunity to get it to get inside the labs here at the Centers for Disease Control.
Where they're looking into this new pathogens.
It what it might bring in the future.
In this Centers for Disease Control lab scientists are working to confirm what made three people in Michigan Wisconsin and one other states sick these samples are -- The outbreak they suspect it is the same deadly E.
Coli bacteria that is baffled authorities in Germany as to its severity and origin it's a great example.
What we call them emerging -- the -- -- had that big germ that we didn't formally.
That it's clearly great ability to to to cause illness and and even death.
The CDC knows little about the bacteria.
How food in Germany became contaminated even where the bug came from.
One theory that it was a harmless bacteria living in humans that suddenly turned deadly.
These organisms can take whole pieces of DNA genes from their environment and incorporate it into themselves.
Of the four people in the US who have fallen sick three have developed this sometimes fatal humility to -- syndrome -- HUS which could destroy kidneys.
Speed is essential in tracking these outbreaks but cuts to state public health budgets have slowed the process frustrating the CDC's efforts.
We were aware for instance of a suspect case -- the United States.
-- we had a hard time contact to the people in the health permits consumer group.
Budget cuts affecting just about everyone in John when you're looking at disease -- potential deadly outbreaks that is not a good thing.
Not at all John Roberts in Atlanta thank you John.
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