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Two cases of toxin-producing E. coli in Snohomish County

A lab technician holds a bacteria culture that shows a positive infection of enterohemorrhagic E. coli, also known as the EHEC bacteria, from a patient at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf on June 2, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Two cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli have been identified in Snohomish County residents.

The health department says these cases appear to be connected to a cluster of cases among seven children in King County.

The Snohomish County cases involve a woman in her 20s and a child under 10 years of age from separate households. The child has been hospitalized.

Snohomish County Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters says the exact source of E. coli contamination can be difficult to pinpoint, but he believes the cases may be linked to eating fresh produce.

If you or your child develop cramps, diarrhea, or vomiting please contact your health care provider.

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