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At least 8 sickened by E. coli last month

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is investigating an E. coli outbreak in Toledo last month that sickened at least eight people, with one small child still hospitalized with complications from the illness, according to the Blade.

All the victims have recovered except for the child, a 5-year-old boy, who has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. He is expected to be be released from the hospital soon.

The source of illness in some of the E. coli victims is unclear, though five of the cases are linked to the consumption of raw meat used in a Middle Eastern dish called kibbe. The meat was purchased at a Middle Eastern meat market in Toledo.

According to Karim Baroudi, supervisor of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department’s food safety division, says the outbreak appears to be a "one-time" incident.

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