JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri health officials have been investigating two additional cases of E. coli that have similar characteristics.

The state Department of Health and Senior Services said Wednesday it now has 14 confirmed cases of the harmful bacteria. The two new e. Coli cases are from Boone and Marion counties.

DHSS spokeswoman Gena Terlizzi said the 14 cases have similar lab results, geographic proximity and/or case history. She said a 2-year-old Boone County child sickened with E. coli remained hospitalized Wednesday.

Five cases have been reported in Boone County, three in Cooper, three in Howard, and one each in Jackson, Marion and Callaway counties. She said nine of the people involved consumed raw milk.

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