(HealthDay)—U.S. health officials say an outbreak of Escherichia coli illness from an unknown source has risen to 96 cases across five Eastern states, up from the 72 cases reported last Friday.
The origin of the foodborne illnesses remains unknown, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Friday.
“The investigation is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections,” the CDC said in a statement. States affected are Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia. Cases of illness first began to be reported March 2, and the last reported case began on March 26. Although no deaths have been reported, 11 people have been hospitalized because their cases have been so severe, the CDC said.
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