HAMBURG, GERMANY - JUNE 02: 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. German health authorities are continung to grapple with the current outbreak of EHEC and claim that initial suspicions of cucumbers from Spain as being the source are unfounded, though they warn against consuming raw vegetables. The University Medical Center has the highest number of patients infected with EHEC as well as 102 patients who have come down with hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication that can lead to kidney failure, convulsions and epileptic seizures and is caused by EHEC. Authorites are reporting at least 2,000 cases of EHEC infection nationwide and at least 470 cases of HUS. Across Europe at least 17 people have died from the outbreak. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say a contaminated food source is believed to have caused an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 46 people in the state.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services spokeswoman Barbara Fox says six people have gone to the hospital due to the outbreak.
State public health officials tell media outlets that based on interviews with those sickened, they believe contaminated food led to the recent outbreak. Fox says officials have not pinpointed the specific food item.
The state health department says people usually become sick two to five days after eating contaminated food.
State health officials announced the outbreak March 29.
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