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A seventh person has died after being infected with the O-157 strain of E. coli bacteria in a food-poisoning outbreak in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, according to a local public health center.

The center said an 87-year-old woman died Friday and two women, aged 58 and 76, became critically ill. All three had been admitted to a private hospital where they apparently contracted the deadly bacteria.

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