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Health officials plan to flush the water system of a central New York village after the discovery of E. coli bacteria in a water sample taken at a village home.

Oswego County Health Department officials said Thursday that a boil-water advisory will remain in effect in the village of Phoenix until two consecutive rounds of testing for E. coli come back clean.

The 70-year-old public water system, which serves about 3,000 users, hasn't been flushed in decades, officials said.

"We know it should be done on an annual basis," said Deputy Health Commissioner Michael Rosen.

There have been no reports of illnesses resulting from the E. coli found in Phoenix, which is 20 miles northwest of Syracuse.

In Washington County in eastern New York, hundreds of people were exposed to E. coli by drinking water contaminated by cow manure at the county fair during the last weekend in August. Two people have died.

State health officials today said 971 people had sought treatment since the outbreak began. Of those, 116 people were confirmed to be infected with a deadly strain, and 65 required hospitalization.

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