E. Coli Outbreak Hits 7 States, Source Is Unknown

A multistate E. coli outbreak from an unknown source has led to a number of hospitalizations is being investigated by federal and state officials.

As of April 9, 17 cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection have been reported in 7 states. The illnesses began between March 22 and March 31, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

States affected are New Jersey (6 cases), Idaho (4 cases), Connecticut (2 cases), Pennsylvania (2 cases), Missouri (1 case), Washington (1 case) and Ohio (1 case).

The patients range in age from 12 to 84. Six patients have been hospitalized, including one who developed kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

The ongoing investigation has not identified a specific food item, grocery store or restaurant chain as the source of the infections. More information will be provided as it becomes available, the CDC said.

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