Health officials have not pinpointed a particular food, grocer or restaurant as the source.
The investigation is still going on and the reason for the outbreak is yet to be identified, the agency said. Eight people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.
As of April 4, 2019, 72 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 have been reported from five states - Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. WGS performed on E. coli from ill people in this outbreak showed that they are closely related genetically.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the illnesses began between March 2 and March 29, and the ill range in age from 1 to 74. Fifty-five percent are female.
Government scientists have not identified a food item, grocery store or restaurant chain as the source of these infections.
"CDC is not recommending that consumers avoid any particular food at this time", the CDC said in a statement. However, illnesses can start anywhere from one to 10 days after exposure. To avoid becoming infected with a harmful strain, the CDC recommends using proper hygiene; cooking meat at proper temperatures; avoiding raw milk, unpasteurized dairy products and juices; and not swallowing water when swimming. The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections and have recovered over $650 million for clients.
Escherichia coli are bacteria found in the environment, foods and intestines of people and animals.