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More than 100 people have become ill from an E. coli outbreak, which federal health officials now say is linked to the fine.

In total, 109 people in six states have been infected with the strain of Escherichia coli O103. No deaths or cases of kidney failure have been reported, but 17 have been hospitalized, US Disease Control and Prevention Centers said Friday.

The infections date back to March, but the common cause of the diseases was previously unknown. The CDC said health officials are working to determine a common vendor, distributor or brand of the fine.

Kentucky and Tennessee have seen the highest number of cases with 54 and 28, respectively. Other affected states are Indiana, Georgia, Ohio and Virginia, CDC says.

The infected people have eaten beef at home and at restaurants, but the CDC does not warn all consumers of avoiding beef or all restaurants or dealers not to serve or sell it.

E. Coli infections can cause severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting for about five to seven days. In severe cases, patients may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of renal failure.

CDC recommends wash hands and kitchen utensils, handles raw meat carefully and prepares it thoroughly to avoid infection.

] More about the outbreak:

April 10: E. coli outbreaks in five states spread, sickening 96-24 more than CDC's original report

April 5: E. coli makes 72 people ill in 5 states, puts 8 in hospital

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