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Restaurant closed, but no E. coli source named

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

July 7, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - People are still getting sick with e-coli symptoms in Moultrie as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise.  Eight people are now confirmed with the illness, there are four other "probable" cases and test results on at least a dozen others are outstanding.

Last week, health officials asked The Barbeque Pit Steak and Seafood Restaurant on First Avenue southeast to voluntarily close its doors, because seven of the eight people with confirmed cases of E-coli ate at the restaurant.

Some of those who are sick have the same strain of e-coli traced to that beef recall in Michigan and Ohio.

Health officials have taken samples from the restaurant grinders, choppers, and sink trying to trace the source of the e-coli. 

"It would be much easier if they all said we had a hamburger but that's not the case so it makes you have to expand what you're doing to actually find what that one thing is," says Southwest Georgia Public Health Director, Dr. Jacqueline Grant.

Colquitt Regional Medical Center is continuing to treat patients with e-coli symptoms. So far, more than two dozen people have been tested for e-coli.

The Barbeque Pit Steak and Seafood restaurant will remain closed until health officials stop seeing additional cases or pinpoint a cause for the outbreak.