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Oregon – At least 8 with E. coli likely linked to I.M Healthy Soy Nut Butter

Lynne Terry reports that the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at the Montessori of Alameda school has grown, with six people sick.

According to Lynne’s reporting, the Multnomah County Health officials said they were part of a nationwide outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to a soy nut butter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this month that nine states were affected with 16 sick, including two in Oregon. Now it appears Oregon has eight cases, the most of any state. Two of them were siblings in Clackamas County. The latest six are linked to Montessori of Alameda in Northeast Portland.

Oregon health officials confirmed all six cases on Tuesday. Lab tests are still ongoing on four. Results show that two of the six were infected by the same genetic strain of E. coli O157:H7 that was found in the soy nut butter.

The school did not serve I.M Healthy soy nut butter though Tammy Kennedy, who owns the school, told The Oregonian/OregonLive that one family had it at home.

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