MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The number of people sickened by E. coli bacteria linked to Cub Foods hamburger has increased to 35, including a 6-year-old Houston County girl who has developed a life-threatening complication.
The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday that two more cases have been diagnosed. Department spokesman Buddy Ferguson said the second case is a 55-year-old Twin Cities woman.
Ferguson said the Houston County girl is in the hospital after developing an E. coli complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome. HUS occurs when toxins produced by E. coli cause kidney damage. Between 2 percent and 7 percent of HUS cases are fatal, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A 2-year-old Dakota County girl also remains hospitalized with HUS, the Health Department said.
The 55-year-old Twin Cities woman became ill Nov. 22 but has recovered, Ferguson said.
Thirty-two of the 35 outbreak victims are from Minnesota. The others were in Wisconsin and Iowa.
Earlier this month, Cub Foods recalled all of its fresh ground beef after health officials confirmed cases of the food-borne illness and traced them to ground beef bought at the supermarket. Cub Foods' supplier, American Foods Group Inc., voluntarily recalled 1.1 million pounds of ground beef prepared at its Green Bay, Wis., plant.
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