. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poisoning Spreads

TOKYO () -- Members of Japan's Cabinet held an emergency meeting Wednesday over a food poisoning outbreak that has killed seven people, but the search for a cause in the worst-hit city stumbled. An 85-year-old woman and a schoolgirl died Tuesday from complications resulting from infection with the E. coli O157 bacteria, and the toll was threatening to rise in the western city of Sakai.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 101 people in Sakai including 98 children were suffering symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a potentially deadly complication that causes kidney failure.

Officials still aren't sure what foods are spreading E. coli O157. The deadly bacteria can also be spread by water and is highly contagious.