E. coli in southeast Missouri sickens 14

Monday, May 10, 2010 | 5:14 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — An apparent outbreak of E. coli has sickened at least 14 people in southeast Missouri.

Health officials said Monday that four people have been hospitalized from the E. coli outbreak reported in Jackson and Cape Girardeau counties since April 28. There were five confirmed cases and nine probable cases of E. coli.

Kit Wagar, spokesman for the Department of Health and Senior Services, said the people became ill after drinking water at the Class Act Sports Complex outside Jackson.

Wagar said water samples from a faucet and a drinking fountain at the complex tested positive for E. coli. The department is doing more sampling and a private well at the site has been shut off.

E. coli is a bacterial infection that can cause diarrhea or more severe complications, including kidney damage.


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