E. coli outbreak sickens 34 statewide

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Lansing State Journal October 2, 2008 From LSJ.com


Source of Article: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081002/NEWS01/810020381

Nine confirmed E. coli infections were connected to MSU. Another five cases were discovered at the Lenawee County Jail, as well as five in Macomb and Wayne counties, four in Washtenaw County, three in Kent County and one each in St. Clair, Oakland and Genesee counties.

There have been 18 hospitalizations, including five MSU students and at least one person in seven other counties.

Health officials say some of the recent cases might be associated with industrial-sized packages of iceberg lettuce sold to restaurants and institutions from Detroit-based Aunt Mid's Produce Co.

E. coli bacteria are commonly found in the human digestive tract and are usually harmless.

But the strain involved in the MSU cases and others around the state, E. coli 0157:H7, produces something called a Shiga toxin, which can damage intestines and kidneys and cause bloody diarrhea, the warning sign of an infection.

The MSU outbreak began the week of Sept. 8 and the Department of Community Health said all cases thus far have been linked to a time period between Sept. 8 and Sept. 19.

The Associated Press and Lansing State Journal reporter Matthew Miller contributed to this report.


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