CDC to call residents regarding E. coli outbreak

CDC to call residents regarding E. coli outbreak

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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2006, file photo, an E. coli screening test for "O" antigens is seen in the Gastroenteric Disease Center at Pennsylvania State University's Wiley Lab in State College, Pa. The USDA is expected to announce Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, that it is expanding its testing of E. coli in meat, a move that will hasten recalls and help authorities identify more foodborne illnesses. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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Posted on November 2, 2011 at 8:01 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A new twist in the E. coli outbreak investigation means residents might be getting a phone call from the CDC.

The CDC is calling residents in neighborhoods where patients have gotten sick. Health officials want to compare what people who became ill ate with those who did not.

Officials are inspecting 38 additional food samples from Schnucks stores. They’re testing everything from salad dressings to eggs, and fruits and vegetables found on a salad bar.

Public health officials say it’s impossible to know how soon they will pinpoint the source.

The best way to protect oneself is to wash your produce, cook meat thoroughly and always wash your hands after using the restroom.

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