DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Health officials investigating an E. coli outbreak in southwest Ohio say the number of cases has increased to 75, including three people still in serious condition.
The outbreak began with people who ate at a July 3 customer appreciation picnic for a lawn care business in Germantown, about 15 miles southwest of Dayton.
A spokesman for the Montgomery County health department says 14 people have been hospitalized at some point. A 4-year-old girl, a teenage boy and a 73-year-old man remain in serious condition because of a complication that can lead to kidney failure.
E. coli is spread through contaminated food, but it also can be spread from person to person. Investigators are looking at food preparation, storage and handling to help determine exactly what caused the outbreak.
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