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Region's E. coli infections may have different sources

July 11th, 2011 9:25 am by Staff Report

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Health says 22 recent E. coli cases in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia may have come from different sources.

Sixteen cases have been reported in Tennessee in the past two months. The other five were in Virginia, including a young girl who died from the infection.

Virginia Department of Health spokesman Robert Parker tells the Bristol Herald Courier that lab tests found two types of bacteria. One was found in a majority of the Tennessee cases and the other was found in three of the Virginia cases.

Parker says the results make it less likely that the same source was responsible for all the cases.

More test results are pending.

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