Three cases of E. coli infection have recently been reported in south-central and southwestern Idaho, according to Central District Health Department spokeswoman Christine Myron.

     “Because the count is so small, and hopefully it will stay that way, we are not in a position to release any specific demographic information,” Myron said.

     Since Sept. 28, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have been jointly investigating an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 40 people in 16 states.

     Right now, Wisconsin is leading the pack of affected states with 10 reported E. coli infections.

     The outbreak has spurred federal health agencies to warn consumers, restaurants and retailers not to eat, serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Salinas, Calif., region, 10 miles east of Monterey Bay.

     On Nov. 21, food processor Missa Bay recalled almost 75,000 pounds of ready-to-eat salad products manufactured between Oct. 14 and Oct. 16. Many now-recalled bags of salad had hit the shelves at grocers that include Walmart, Target, Aldi, Sam’s Club, Albertsons and Giant Eagle.

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