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Michigan and Ohio E. coli Cases Hit at Least 39

As of 4 pm on June 27, the Michigan Department of Community Health has confirmed 17 E. coli O157:H7 cases that are genetically linked and over half of those cases have either prepared or consumed hamburger meat from Kroger. 11 of these cases required hospitalization. The 17 genetically linked cases, E. coli O157:H7, are present in seven Michigan counties including Eaton (1), Macomb (3), Washtenaw (4), Saginaw (1), Genesee (1), Wayne (3) and Oakland (4).  In addition there are 8 other cases under investigation.

The Ohio Department of Health is reporting 22 confirmed and probable cases of E. coli O157:H7, 18 of which are confirmed and linked to the outbreak in Michigan and Ohio. The cases are in Franklin (10 confirmed, 1probable); Delaware (1 confirmed); Fairfield (4 confirmed); Lucas (1 confirmed, 3 probable); Seneca (1 confirmed); and Union (1).

We have been contacted by over a dozen individuals and families who believe they are linked to this outbreak.  We are completing our investigation on 5 that are genetically linked to Kroger meat.  Late Friday afternoon we filed the first case against Kroger and "John Doe Suppliers" as, despite repeated requests, Kroger refused to identify the supplier who provided it E. coli-contaminated product.