More Picnickers Sickened In E. Coli Outbreak

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Health officials investigating an E. coli outbreak among people who ate at a southwest Ohio picnic have announced six additional cases, bringing the total to 61.

The illnesses were reported in Germantown, southwest of Dayton. The Montgomery County’s health department says 11 people have been hospitalized at some point. Updates on their conditions weren’t available.

Those who became ill were among attendees at a July 3 customer appreciation picnic for a lawn care business.

Health department spokesman Bill Wharton says officials are interviewing them about what they ate at the picnic to determine how the outbreak started.

The bacteria can cause diarrhea, dehydration and, in severe cases, kidney failure.

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