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St. Louis Area Reaches 27 Cases of E. Coli

State health officials say there are now 27 E. coli cases in the St. Louis area outbreak.

The state Department of Health and Senior Services also said Saturday that one new case is from a Boone County resident who had recently been in St. Louis. The department is trying to determine if two other cases in Boone County are connected to the St. Louis outbreak.

No deaths or life-threatening illnesses have been reported since the first cases were reported last week in St. Louis city and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties in Missouri and St. Clair County, Ill.

The health department also says that no food samples tested have had E. coli, a group of bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other illnesses.