A report out of Colorado today indicates that as many as 11 residents of a correctional facility may be ill with E coli infections. The report does not make clear whether the strain has been confirmed to be E. coli O157:H7, or a different pathogenic strain of the bacteria:
Colorado Department of Corrections spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti says three cases have been confirmed, with eight more suspected cases at Four Mile Correctional Center. Officials were working with the state health department to prevent the spread of the bacteria among inmates at the minimum security prison. Sanguinetti says initial inspections of the kitchens have found no problems.
The origin of the outbreak is under investigation, but is not known at this time.