Health Officials Investigate E. Coli Cases Among Aetna Employees

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| The Hartford Courant

10:09 AM EDT, March 24, 2009

City health department officials are interviewing cafeteria workers at Aetna's downtown Hartford office, where five employees have been stricken with E. coli in the last three to four weeks.

The source of the outbreak has yet to be determined, and the cafeteria remains open, company spokesman Fred Laberge said today.

The most recent case occurred about a week ago, when an employee went to the company's wellness center complaining of feeling ill. He was taken to an emergency room and admitted to hospital but has since been released, Laberge said. The other employees did not require hospitalization.

State officials notified Aetna Monday of the E. coli cases, and the company sent an e-mail to employees at noon, followed by another later in the day, Laberge said.

The e-mails included information about E. coli, including recommended treatments and how to avoid it.

"We're working closely with the city as well as the state Department of Health," he said.

City spokesperson Sarah Barr said more information may be available later today after cafeteria workers are interviewed.



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