Federal health officials say 14 people in six states have been sickened by the same strain of E. coli over the past couple of months.
According to CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell, 14 cases of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O145 infection with the same DNA fingerprint were identified in six states. “Their illness onsets range from April 15 to May 12, 2012,” she said. “Three ill persons have been hospitalized. One death has been reported in Louisiana.”
Cases have been reported in Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama and Florida, according to local health departments and media reports. The CDC would not reveal which other two states were reporting cases.