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41 Sickened by E. Coli in Retirement Community

October 18, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

An outbreak of E. coli bacteria at a retirement community has stricken 41 residents and employees, including nine seniors who were hospitalized, health officials said Friday.

Twenty-six residents, seven employees who handle food and eight other staff members became ill with an intestinal infection, said Beverly Thames from the San Mateo County Health Services Agency.

Officials investigating the outbreak at the Sequoias in Portola Valley said Thursday that they did not find any obvious problems with food-handling procedures, said Dr. Sam Stebbins of the San Mateo County public health department.

The outbreak is confined to the facility and is not a threat to the public, Stebbins said.

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