As Taco Bell reopened Long Island restaurants implicated in an E. coli outbreak, the fast food chain closed nine other outlets in suburban Philadelphia after Pennsylvania health officials reported an E. coli outbreak that sickened four people there.
Health officials have not yet been able to pinpoint the source of the bacteria that has sickened at least three dozen people in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nine people remained hospitalized in New York and New Jersey, including and 11-year-old boy in stable condition with kidney damage.
E. coli is found in the feces of humans and livestock. Most E. coli infections are associated with undercooked meat. The bacteria also can be found on sprouts or leafy vegetables such as spinach. The germs can be passed from person to person if they do not thoroughly wash their hands after using the bathroom.