A southeast Missouri fitness center says it is taking appropriate steps to address a suspected outbreak of E. coli that state health officials say may have sickened 14 people.

The Southeast Missourian of Cape Girardeau reports that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says there have been five confirmed cases linked to Shawn McNally's Class Act Family Fitness business near Jackson.

The agency says nine other people were probably infected. Health officials found the bacteria Wednesday in water from the business' well, which McNally believes was infected during rainstorms last month.

McNally says he has added chlorine to the well and is installing a chlorinator. Until the water is deemed safe, he has agreed to not provide drinking water for clients.