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Ohio health officials: 11 cases of E. coli illness reported in Columbus, Franklin, Fairfield and Delaware Counties – Illnesses seem not related to Lettuce served in Thurston and Pierce Counties in Washington State at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU)

According to Ohio Health officials, Eleven cases of illness due to E. coli bacteria have been reported in central Ohio over the past two weeks.  Five of the reports are from Columbus, two from elsewhere in Franklin County, three from the east in Fairfield County, and one from the north in Delaware County.  So far DNA testing has linked three cases in the city and surrounding county, and that those cases likely have the same source.

It appears that the nine cases of E. coli infection that have been lab-confirmed among western Washington residents have been linked to contaminated lettuce.  A tenth case may be linked but was not tested.  The illnesses arose, in part, at Pacific Lutheran University and a local Tacoma High School cafeteria.

UPDATE – Now a dozen ill.