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Beef could be source of E-coli scare

By Len Kiese - bio | email

July 4, 2008

COLQUITT COUNTY, GA (WALB) - After investigations, health officials think they may have found another link to an e-coli contamination in Colquitt County.

The number of confirmed cases has now climbed to six and the common link may be beef. Lab results received late Thursday by the disease team indicate ground beef may be the culprit for several e-coli cases and illnesses related to e-coli.

Also on Thursday, the Barbeque Pit Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Moultrie agreed to shut down after it was discovered all of the patients recently ate there. The restaurant continues to work with the health department to gather samples and data.

There is some good news.  The number of people seeking treatment has tapered off in Colquitt County. Still, the health department re-emphasizes washing hands and cooking meat thoroughly.

The investigation is still on-going.

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