Number of suspected E. coli cases in St. Louis area rises

Thursday, November 3, 2011 | 8:18 a.m. CDT; updated 9:45 a.m. CDT, Thursday, November 3, 2011

ST. LOUIS — The number of suspected E. coli cases in the St. Louis area is now at 51, and health officials are looking at more items taken from a grocery chain's salad bar.

Health officials have confirmed 26 cases of the illness. Tests are still pending on the others.

No deaths or life-threatening illnesses have been reported since the first cases were reported last week in the city of St. Louis and Jefferson, St. Louis and St. Charles counties in Missouri and St. Clair County, Ill.

The state of Missouri received 38 samples from five Schnucks Market stores. The samples included broccoli, deviled eggs, hard boiled eggs, pineapple, carrots, radishes, zucchini, red onions, and salad dressings.

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Sally Willis November 3, 2011 | 11:36 a.m.

I just heard we have had three cases in Columbia. Is there any truth to that?

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