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14 Michigan State University Students hit with E. coli – 10 Hospitilized

The Ingham County Health Department is investigating four more possible cases of E coli at Michigan State University.  If those cases are confirmed, that would bring the total number of students with E. coli to 14.  At least 10 students had to be hospitalized due to the out break.  Questions that need answers:

1.  Do the victims share the same genetic fingerprint (PFGE) of the E. coli (presume E. coli O157:H7) in their stool?

2.  What do the victims have in common?  Where do they live?  What associations do they have?  What have they consumed that may be in common?

3.  Are there any E. coli cases outside of Michigan that are linked to these kids?