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Wellesley faces E.coli Outbreak

An outbreak of Eschericia coli, commonly referred to as E.coli, has infected Wellesley residents. (Photo by cdc.gov)_ An outbreak of E.coli, of Escher, has infected Wellesley residents. (Photo by cdc.gov)_

An outbreak of E.coli in Wellesley has health officials puzzled.

Three people have been infected with the bacteria thus far. The Wellesley Health Department and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are currently investigating the situation.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital confirmed to the Wellesley Patch that they are currently treating cases, but said they would not refer to the situation as an outbreak.

The Wellesley Health Department said in a statement that "the original of the cases' illness is still being investigated. Rumors have been circulating that the cause of the illness has been linked to a local supermarket. At this point, no local supermarkets are a focus of the investigation."

Eschericia coli, commonly referred to as E.coli, are germs that normally live in the bowels of people and animals. While most strains are harmless, the 0157:H7 is known for making people sick.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services, the best methods of avoiding E.coli include thorough hand washing and preventing raw foods, such as vegetables, from interacting with animal-derived food products.

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