E Coli :: Taco Bell closes 5 restaurants after E. Coli outbreak

Taco Bell had temporarily closed one of its fast-food restaurant in Middlesex County, N.J., and four in Suffolk County, N.Y. as a precautionary measure against E.coli., and is working with New Jersey health authorities seeking the cause of an outbreak of E. Coli which has sickened nearly a dozen people, six of whom remain in hospital.

Eleven confirmed cases, all in central New Jersey and mostly affecting children, were reported by the Newark Star-Ledger on Sunday.

In two cases, the infection developed into hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, which can cause permanent kidney damage.

Taco Bell is a unit of Yum Brands Inc..

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