Death toll in E. coli outbreak up to 39

By the Associated Press | June 16, 2011 | 7:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's disease control center is reporting another death in the country's E. coli outbreak — bringing the total to 39.

However, the Robert Koch Institute said Thursday that the number of new infections is continuing to tail off, as it has for about a week.

Thirty-eight people have now died in Germany and one in Sweden in the outbreak, which was traced last week to sprouts from a farm in northern Germany.

The disease control center says the number of reported infections in Germany now stands at 3,304 — 50 more than a day earlier; there are sometimes a few days between the infection and reporting.

Germany's health minister has warned that although the outbreak is abating, more deaths are possible.

The World Health Organization says more than 100 people have been affected in 13 other European countries and in the U.S. and Canada.