Officials link E. coli outbreak to restaurant

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 7:32 PM

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Authorities have traced an E. coli outbreak in Central Texas to meat served to customers of a Mexican restaurant.

Health officials in Brazos County said Tuesday ground meat prepared at Coco Loco in College Station over a three-day period in mid-April carried a virulent strain of the bacteria.

The Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/18fZ4ux) that Brazos County Health Authority Dr. Eric Wilke describes the outbreak as an isolated matter and says the restaurant has taken steps to prevent any future problems.

In a show of support, Wilke took a bite from a Coco Loco taco while meeting with the media.

Officials say five people were infected and that five other cases were investigated due to similar symptoms and are classified as probable E. coli.

A restaurant manager wasn't immediately available for comment.

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Information from: The Eagle, http://www.theeagle.com

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