The Connecticut Post Online reports that residents at an Astoria Park nursing home have become ill with E. coli infections. Astoria Park health officials are investigating the source of the outbreak, which has sickened at least ten residents.
City Health Director Maian Evans said "other people ate the food and didn’t get sick," in regards to the infection coming from contaminated food.
Authorities will try to determine whether the illness was caused by sources such as produce from outside the nursing home or food-handling problems within the facility.
In 2003, residents of a San Mateo, California, retirement facility became ill with E. coli infections after eating E. coli-contaminated spinach during the Sequoias Portola Valley E. coli outbreak. Two women died after suffering complications of their E. coli infections, and dozens of residents were sickened.