The Connecticut State Department of Public Health is investigating an E. coli outbreak linked to a farm in Lebanon and the cases keep growing.
As of noon Friday, DPH is investigating 34 confirmed cases of E. coli linked to the Oak Leaf Dairy Farm in Lebanon. As of Monday, there were 15 cases.
The patients range in age from 10 months to 45 years, officials said in a statement. The patients include six adults and 28 children 14 years old and under; 18 of the children are age five years or under. In total, nine patients have been hospitalized with four still in the hospital. Three of the hospitalized patients have been diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a rare but serious illness that affects the kidneys and blood clotting system.
The outbreak was first reported on March 24 when six out of seven E. coli cases were confirmed in patients who had visited the Oak Leaf Farm and come into contact with goats there.
Three patients who did not visit Oak Leaf Farm but became ill with E. coli after having contact with someone with an E. coli infection who did visit the farm. These people are referred to as secondary cases.
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