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CDC probing widespread outbreak

June 11, 2012

ATLANTA — A mysterious outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses and one death across six Southern states, according to CBS Healthwatch.

The illnesses, which occurred in April and May, have not been linked to any type of contaminated food or other cause, the article stated.

According to the article, the reported illnesses were spread across six states: Georgia had five cases, Louisiana four, Alabama two and Tennessee, Florida and California each had one.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have no evidence that this latest outbreak was caused by infected meat or tainted produce, the article noted.

Until the source of this outbreak is identified, health officials can offer the public only general advice for avoiding the infection, the article added.

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