ATLANTA (July 16) - An E. coli outbreak traced to recalled beef in
Michigan and Ohio has spawned cases in three other states, U.S.
health officials said Tuesday.
New York, Kentucky and Indiana each have one lab-confirmed case
of a bacterial infection that matches the 41 previously reported
cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The outbreak has been traced to beef sold in Kroger supermarkets
in Michigan and Ohio. The Kroger Co. last month recalled ground
beef sold in Michigan and Ohio stores, then this month expanded it
to include other states. Nebraska Beef Ltd. supplied the meat,
ultimately recalling 5.3 million pounds of beef.
The Kentucky patient lives near Ohio, but the New York and
Indiana patients did not travel to either of the states where the
outbreak began, said Mark Sotir, a CDC investigator working on the
All 44 illnesses in the outbreak are attributed to the same type
of E. coli, one that causes a potentially deadly bacterial
infection. The illnesses began between May 30 and June 24. CDC
officials say 21 of the victims have been hospitalized and one
developed kidney failure, but no one has died.