The Cuyahoga County Board of Health confirms that three children have contracted E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. Two more cases are under investigation. The three children with confirmed cases also developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
"Five cases is very unusual for us to have," says Terry Allan, the health commissioner in Cuyahoga County. Allan says the children must have contracted E. coli O157:H7 in one of two ways: “either from a batch of meat that is contaminated or from just undercooked beef.” Testing will be conducted on meat in the area, but so far, there is no indication that any particular batch of beef in Ohio is contaminated.