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E. coli O157:H7 in the News in Colorado and Nebraska

E. coli illnesses seem to be a part of nearly every news cycle. This week stories of illnesses have come from Colorado and Nebraska.

The Omaha World-Herald reports – “Sarpy County E. coli outbreak investigated”

State health officials are continuing to investigate an E. coli outbreak in Sarpy County that sickened 14 people — including a 7-year-old — and sent four people to the hospital. Dr. Tom Safranek, state epidemiologist, said the outbreak was caused by roast beef served at a reception hall in Sarpy County for a private gathering on March 26. The meat was prepared at a person’s home and brought to the event, he said. The people affected ranged in age from 7 to 73. The four people who were hospitalized were released several weeks ago, he said.

The Rocky Mountain News reports – “Illness hits tornado-stricken family-Daughter hospitalized in latest crisis to hit Holly household”

A little more than a year after a tornado took his wife and turned his life upside down, Gus Puga finds himself in the throes of another family crisis — this time at the bedside of his seriously ill daughter. Little Noelia Puga, a 4-year-old bundle of energy, is in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital, battling an E. coli infection. She was on dialysis and oxygen Thursday, but physicians expect her to make a full recovery, her father said.