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What to know about E. coli symptoms and how to prevent infection

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A “fast-moving” outbreak of E. coli illness has been reported in Michigan and Ohio. At least 29 people are ill and nine of them hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an urgent message Wednesday.

The CDC said that a source of infection has not yet been identified in this outbreak and that no deaths have been reported.

Here’s everything you need to know about Escherichia coli — commonly known by its abbreviated name, E. coli.