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Outbreak affects at least 300; hepatitis victim buried

Pennsylvania health officials reported Tuesday that there are at least 300 confirmed cases of hepatitis A linked to the Beaver County Chi Chi’s outbreak. Not all were from the Pittsburgh area. Other confirmed cases were from Ohio (31), West Virginia (8), Florida (1), and South Carolina (1).

So far, the outbreak has claimed one life. 38-year-old Jeff Cook of Aliquippa got sick after his family ate at the Chi-Chi’s Restaurant in early October and died of liver failure Friday following a transplant.

On Tuesday, the University of Pittsburgh Medical reported that four people were in fair condition and two were still in critical condition from illnesses tied to the outbreak.