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Health officials investigating several E. Coli cases in Wake county

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State and local health officials are
investigating seven E. coli cases in Wake County that sent four
people to the hospital and sickened at least three others.

Wake County Community Health Director Sue Lynn Ledford says
officials learned of the test results confirming E. coli on
Tuesday. Six children and one adult were sickened. Of the four who
were hospitalized, two have been released but two others remain in
intensive care.

Ledford says children are generally more susceptible to the
ailment than adults. E. coli is a potentially deadly type of food
poisoning caused by bacteria found in fecal matter. Symptoms
include severe diarrhea and painful abdominal cramps.

Officials aren’t sure yet whether any of the cases are
connected. Ledford says they should have more answers within a few
days.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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