Health officials say a man with a rare bacterial infection has been admitted to the hospital with symptoms of E.coli infection, but they are unsure if it was the cause of the man’s illness.
The state Department of Public Health says the man in question was admitted at Massachusetts General Hospital to treat an upper respiratory infection, which is caused by the E. Coli bacteria.
Officials are still waiting to see how the man acquired the infection.
The hospital is also under quarantine, and the man is being isolated.
The man was hospitalized with the bacteria after he was found by the doctor treating him, said Dr. John O’Brien, chief medical officer of the Massachusetts Department of Health.
Officials say the man has not had any previous contact with people who may have been exposed to the bacteria.
The CDC says the bacteria can cause severe illness and death.