First Case of E-Coli in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) -- State public health officials say an elderly woman has been hospitalized with kidney problems related to her consumption of tainted spinach.

The case marks the first confirmed illness in Illinois linked to an outbreak of E-coli in fresh spinach.

So far, one person has died and more than 100 others across the nation have been sickened by the contaminated spinach.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says the woman became ill in late August and is now hospitalized with a form of kidney failure (called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome).

The officials say the woman is from north-central Illinois and has a history of eating fresh spinach.

Residents are being advised to stay away from spinach and products containing spinach.