State health officials say five people from central Missouri, including two toddlers, have contracted E. coli since late March.
The state health department said Monday it had not determined the source of the bacteria. But a Boone County health spokeswoman says three of the patients, including a 2-year-old, reported drinking raw dairy products.
The department says the 2-year-old was hospitalized and a 17-month-old developed life-threatening complications affecting the kidneys.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that romaine lettuce was the source of the E. coli outbreak that sickened a total of 60 people in ten states earlier this fall.
Thirty-seven of those infected were in Missouri.
On its website, the CDC says the lettuce came from salad bars from a single grocery store chain but did not report the name of the chain. Schnucks management has confirmed that it is the chain in question.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says there are now 30 confirmed cases of E. coli in the St. Louis area, and officials continue looking for the source. Health officials have tested 55 food samples connected to the St. Louis outbreak, but zero have been confirmed to have E. coli.
The first cases were reported late last month in St. Louis city and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties in Missouri and St. Clair County, Illinois.
The University of Missouri was officially accepted into the Southeastern Conference Sunday. SEC Presidents and Chancellors unanimously voted Missouri into the conference as its 14th member effective July 1, 2012.
A press conference and celebration were held Sunday evening at the MU student center.
Mo. officials revise number of E. coli cases in St. Louis
The number of E. coli cases in the St. Louis area is now at 24, as Missouri health officials continue looking for the source. The state Department of Health and Senior Services reported Thursday it had confirmed two more cases but also ruled out four cases previously thought to have been connected to the St. Louis outbreak.
Three of the four Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) unions in a contract dispute with the administration have reached a tentative agreement, avoiding a strike among non-tenure track faculty, civil service staff and graduate assistants. But one group walked off the job this morning.
Talks toward a new contract broke down last night.
FDA and CDC continue investigation into source of E. coli contamination
The Federal Food and Drug Administration has now joined the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in investigating the source of the E. coli contamination that sickened 26 people in the St. Louis area.
Cold pill sales jump after new law in St. Charles County
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