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Duluth Restaurant Among Those Affected By E.coli Outbreak

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Duluth, MN (KDAL) - There’s a local link in the Minnesota Department of Health’s investigation into an E.coli outbreak.  Of the 13 cases, seven of the people reported eating at Applebee’s restaurants in Minnesota, including the chain’s Duluth location.  That said, the department of health says there are multiple cases with, “…no apparent connection to the restaurant.”  In the meantime, Applebee’s is cooperating fully with the department of health’s investigation.  They’ve pulled the Oriental Chicken salad from menus at all of their Minnesota restaurants.  Investigators say out of an abundance of caution they’ve also removed specific ingredients of the salad from other items on their menu.  It appears that produce used in the salads is at the center of the investigation and not chicken.  Of the 13 people affected four were hospitalized.  Symptoms include stomach cramps and diarrhea, often with bloody stool.  After exposure, people generally begin presenting with symptoms in two to eight days.  It takes about a week to recover.    This is the first time that this particular strain of E.coli O-1-1-1 has been detected in the U-S.  Because those sickened do not all share any obvious commonalities investigators believe the illnesses resulted from a widely distributed food item. 

Looking for more info about E.coli O111?  http://www.health.state.mn.us/

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