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Nine Minnesota Applebee’s restaurants linked to E. coli outbreak

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday released a list of nine Applebee’s locations linked to a recent outbreak of E. coli.

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People infected with the bacteria have reported eating at Applebee’s restaurants in Bemidji,  Blaine (two locations), Duluth, Roseville, Willmar, Woodbury, Monticello and New Hope, the Health Department said in a news release.

The outbreak caused by the O111 form of the bacteria was first reported Monday. There are 15 cases so far, with 12 infected people confirmed to have eaten at Applebee’s between June 23 and June 29.

Investigators from Health Department and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are working to identify a food item associated with the outbreak.

“No additional details are available regarding specific ingredients, but the Minnesota Department of Agriculture continues to trace back ingredients to suppliers and points of origin looking for a common source,” the release said.

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