Fifth case of E. coli confirmed in Boone County

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | 4:17 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A fifth case of E. coli was confirmed in Boone County Tuesday. It was caused by the consumption of unpasteurized milk, according to a news release from the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The most recent case was in an adult and did not require hospitalization. 

The five people affected by E. coli in Boone County have ranged in age from two to 31 years old. The only two that required hospitalization were those who were younger than 18.

All five people drank unpasteurized milk from the same Howard County farm, according to the news release.

Other counties in Missouri are also facing E. coli, including Camden, Clark, Cooper, Howard and Jackson. 

A harmless version of E. coli, a bacteria, is found normally in people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The harmful strain, which causes illness, can come from food and drink contaminated with animal feces, such as unpasteurized milk, water that has not been disinfected or undercooked hamburger.

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