Ohio E. Coli Outbreak Grows; 3 People in Hospital

Jul 18, 2012

Health officials say an E. coli outbreak that began with people who ate at a southwest Ohio picnic has reached 68 cases, and three people are in serious condition.

The illnesses were first reported in Germantown, southwest of Dayton, after a July 3 customer appreciation picnic for a lawn care business.

A spokesman for the Montgomery County health department says more than a dozen people have been hospitalized. A 4-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy and a 73-year-old man remained hospitalized Tuesday with complications from the bacteria.

It can cause diarrhea, dehydration and, in severe cases, kidney failure.

Officials trying to determine how the outbreak started are interviewing people who ate at the picnic and later fell ill.