- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut health officials say they’re investigating an outbreak of E. coli cases and whether they’re linked to a goat farm in Lebanon.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health said Thursday it confirmed seven cases of E. coli infection and two cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS.

The department says six of the seven people recently visited the Oak Leaf Dairy Farm in Lebanon. They range in age from 2 years old to 25 years old.

The department says the goat farm isn’t letting the public visit the animals, as a precaution.

A message left at the farm seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

E. coli is a bacterial infection that can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting. HUS can develop in some patients with E. coli and can cause kidney damage and failure.

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