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Press Conference on Brazos E. coli Outbreak Set for Today

At a press conference today, the Brazos County Health Department is expected to name both the restaurant and beef supplier involved in the April E. coli outbreak that sickened ten people, including two local boys.

On Monday, the department report the source of the E. coli illnesses was ground beef served by a local Bryan-College Station metro area restaurant.

The investigation has determined that five confirmed cases and five probable cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection are associated with an outbreak that occurred during the week of April 15-22.

The local restaurant is said to be cooperating with the investigation, which may have involved such contributing causes as not cooking to a proper temperature or cross-contamination.

Employees and health department monitors have implemented control measures such as mandatory glove use to prevent further cases.

Adults who became ill recovered without hospitalization, but the two College Station boys required extensive care at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

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