E coli :: Wild Pigs caused Spinach E Coli outbreak on California ranch

Investigators say wild pigs were very likely the source of a spinach E. Coli outbreak that caused the death of three people and made over 200 people ill in the USA and Canada. Six new samples of toxic E. coli bacteria have been found, a state health official said.

Investigators have now discovered a total of nine samples of the matching E. coli 0157:H7 strain on the ranch where the spinach was raised, Kevin Reilly, a deputy director with the California Department of Health Services, told.

The ranch is in the area of Monterey and San Benito counties, among California’s most productive agricultural regions and top producers of fresh, bagged spinach.

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