E. coli investigation in St. Louis continues
Monday, October 31, 2011 | 8:12 a.m. CDT;
updated 10:03 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 31, 2011
ST. LOUIS — An investigation continues into an outbreak of E. coli in the St. Louis region.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said 24 of 34 specimens examined so far have tested positive for shiga toxin, which is a byproduct of E. coli, and testing of the other specimens is still ongoing.
Definitive testing for E. coli is expected to take several more days.
Officials still don't know the cause of the outbreak that has sickened people ranging in age from 4 to 94 in St. Louis City and four surrounding counties.
E. coli is typically spread through consumption of contaminated food. Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea or nausea. In rare cases, it can be fatal.
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