- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - As the investigation of an outbreak of E. coli bacteria associated with ground beef continues in New Hampshire, the Health Department says a 13th person has gotten sick since June.

Investigations started last week to determine the source of the ground beef. The safety of ground beef in the United States is regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture, which is assisting the state with the investigation.

The people who became ill ate ground beef at a number of different locations in the state.

The outbreak does not present a risk to residents as long as they strictly follow food safety best practices.

People also should also prevent cross contamination in food preparation areas by thoroughly washing hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after touching raw meat.

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