Health officials investigate E. coli illnesses

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — State health officials say they're working with health departments in Kent, Livingston, Oakland, Ottawa and Washtenaw counties to investigate a cluster of recent illnesses due to the bacteria E. coli.

The state Department of Community Health and the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced Wednesday that the suspected source of the bacteria is ground beef.

Officials say there have been five confirmed illnesses reported in adults between the ages of 20-41, with symptoms starting April 22 to May 1. Three people have been hospitalized.

Laboratory results suggest that the illnesses are linked to undercooked ground beef at several different restaurants in multiple locations. More testing is planned.

E. coli can cause severe cramps, nausea and diarrhea, as well as other complications.

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