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People Are Sick With E. Coli. The CDC Isn't Sure Why

People Are Sick With E. Coli. The CDC Isn't Sure Why

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several other USA agencies are investigating an E.coli outbreak in five states, the CDC said here on Friday. The CDC has a collection of these fingerprints in a database that aides in identifying potential outbreaks.

The onset of illnesses ranges from March 2 through March 29, 2019.

With more than 70 people sickened, this E. coli outbreak is already larger than the most recent major E. coli outbreak, which was linked to romaine lettuce and resulted in 43 reported illnesses across 12 states in late 2018.

Among those sickened, eight have been hospitalized.

The cases have been recorded in five states - Georgia (8), Kentucky (36), OH (5), Tennessee (21), and Virginia (2). Fifty-five percent are female. No deaths and no cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) have been reported.

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The CDC, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and several states are investigating the outbreak of toxin-producing E.coli O103 infections.

Without a specific outbreak source identified, the CDC is recommending that consumers follow general advice for preventing food-borne illness, including regularly washing their hands, cooking meats to recommended temperatures, washing fruits and vegetables before eating, avoiding cross-contamination during cooking and not preparing food for others while sick.

Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with suspected E. coli infections until diagnostic testing can be performed and E. coli infection is ruled out.

Escherichia coli are bacteria found in the environment, foods and intestines of people and animals.


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