Maelan Elizabeth Graffagnini, 21 months old buried Monday, two other E. coli cases diagnosed – common source

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NEW ORLEANS — State health officials say last month three people in this area contracted the E. coli bacteria. One of them recently died from the illness.

The funeral for the little girl was held Monday. Now the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has some partial answers.

Family and friends and the Academy of the Sacred Heart Community are mourning the loss of a little girl. Maelan Elizabeth Graffagnini was just 21 months old. She was gravely ill from the E. coli bacteria while fighting for her life at Ochsner Hospital for weeks.

Two other adults in the New Orleans area were also sickened by the same strain of E. coli linked to a multi-state outbreak.

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State health officials say a 21-month old New Orleans girl died last week from e.coli poisoning and that two other people in the area were infected in May.

The family of the child who died reported that they first noticed symptoms about two months ago.

Officials are trying to identify the source of the infections.

Assistant state epidemiologist, Dr. Gary Balsamo said the cases all have the same DNA fingerprints.

“They are part of a CDC cluster coming from southern states,” he said.

“Rumors that they are coming from petting zoos, are unfounded,” Balsamo said. “The CDC investigation has not yet identified the common source.”

Doctors urge people to wash their hands before handling food and to cook hamburger thoroughly.

The USDA is expanding the search for dangerous bacteria in meat.

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Assistant state epidemiologist, Dr. Gary Balsamo said the cases all have the same DNA fingerprints.

“They are part of a CDC cluster coming from southern states,” he said.

“Rumors that they are coming from petting zoos, are unfounded,” Balsamo said. “The CDC investigation has not yet identified the common source.”

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