Health officials say a strain of E. coli blamed for an outbreak of food-related illness in Michigan may be related to cases under investigation in Ohio and New York. Michigan, Ohio and New York health officials are reporting 15 lab-confirmed cases, six of which are in the Columbus area. They're looking into an additional 32 potential cases, including seven in Columbus.
Washtenaw Michigan County Public Health said Thursday it had confirmed eight cases that match with the multistate outbreak. Health officials say the strain appears genetically related to those in the other states.
The Washtenaw County organization said 13 additional possible cases are pending laboratory confirmation. Persons reporting illness consistent with the outbreak were likely exposed between April 7th and April 15th and became ill between April 9th and April 16th.
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