Indiana, Illinois and E. coli O157:H7

The Effingham County Health Department in Illinois is investigating at least six confirmed cases of E. coli O157, all linked to eating at El Rancherito restaurant in Effingham at I-57 and I-70. The health department says the restaurant is cooperating and has been closed since Thursday.

And in neighboring Indiana, two students have been confirmed with E. coli O157:H7 and several others are showing symptoms. Hundreds of elementary students were apparently sent home with warning letters on Friday.

One of Seattle attorney Bill Marler’s many blogs,, has lots of background information on E. coli.