E. Coli Outbreak Probed by the CDC

04/05/2019 Health  No comments

E. Coli Bacteria

E. Coli Bacteria

By EJ MundellHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — An E. Coli outbreak is being investigated by US health officials; victims are showing a gastrointestinal illness that’s already affected 72 people across five Eastern states. The origin of the foodborne illnesses remains unknown, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Friday.”The E. Coli outbreak investigation is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections,” the CDC said in a statement.
States affected by the E. Coli outbreak are Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. Cases of illness first began to be reported March 2, and the last reported case occurred March 29. Although no deaths have been reported, “of 47 people with information available, eight have been hospitalized” because their E. Coli cases have been so severe, the CDC said.
This E. Coli outbreak has been linked to the E. coli O103 strain of bacterium, and the CDC says people typically get sick within three to five days of eating E. coli-contaminated food.”Most people get diarrhea (often bloody), severe stomach cramps and vomiting,” the agency said. “Most people recover from E Coli within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.
“There are ways you can protect yourself from E. Coli exposure, however. Be sure to wash hands while preparing food, and cook meats thoroughly.”To kill harmful E. Coli germs, cook beef steaks and roasts to an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit and allow to rest for three minutes after you remove meat from the grill or stove,” the CDC advises. “Cook ground beef and pork to a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.”Also, “wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat,” the agency said.
WebMD News from HealthDaySOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, statement, April 5, 2019Copyright © 2013-2018 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

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