Coli Outbreak Hits 7 States, Source Is Unknown

Coli Outbreak Hits 7 States, Source Is Unknown

Coli Outbreak Hits 7 States, Source Is Unknown

An additional four have been reported in Idaho, and two cases each in CT and Pennsylvania. According to the CDC, there were 2 reported outbreaks of E. coli in 2017 linked to leafy greens and SoyNut Butter. They're also not recommending food suppliers or servers avoid certain types of food just yet. Idaho is right behind with four infections. Currently, New Jersey is the state with the most reported outbreaks, six cases of E. coli-related illness affecting residents.

New Jersey has the largest share of people infected, with six cases reported in the state.

"The investigation is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections", the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. People who develop symptoms of E. coli, should seek medical care, contact their local health department to report the illness, and try to track what foods were eaten and restaurants visited in the days prior to becoming ill. Ill people range in age from 12 to 84 years, with a median age of 41. Hemolytic uremic syndrome can be treated in many cases.

However, the CDC has no clue from where the E. Coli bacteria has been contracted by the patient in OH, as no restaurant, food, or grocery store were discovered as possible sources for the E. Coli infection.

"Some people may not be included in CDC's case count because no bacterial isolates are available for the DNA fingerprinting needed to link them to the outbreak".

The particular strain of E. coli involved in this outbreak can cause bad stomach cramps, vomiting and bloody diarrhea.

Wash hands after using the restroom or changing diapers, before and after preparing or eating food, and after contact with animals.

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