U.S. CDC says ground beef possible source of E.coli outbreak

The Source of That Mysterious E. Coli Outbreak Has Likely Been Found

FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) - An outbreak of E. coli illness that's sickened more than a hundred people across six states appears linked to tainted ground beef, although no specific product has yet been identified, federal health officials said Friday. Sixty-three of the 75 people they interviewed - 84% - reported eating ground beef.

According to CNN, no single supplier, distributor or brand has been tapped as the direct source. So far, 17 people who've gotten ill have been hospitalized. According to CDC, the source is traced to ground beef.

Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps, and vomiting.

Anyone expericing symptoms of an E.coli infection are encouraged by the CDC to contact their healthcare provider "if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 days or diarrhea that is accompanied by a fever higher than 102˚F, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you can not keep liquids down and you pass very little urine".

The agency said it is continuing to investigate the source of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O103 infections and would continue to update its findings. They begin, on average, three to four days after ingesting the bacteria.

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In some cases, some individuals infected wtih E.coli can develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can be life-threatening.

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

At this time, CDC is not recommending that consumers avoid eating ground beef or retailers stop serving or selling ground beef.

Also, "wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils" after touching raw meat, the agency said.

Raw ground beef should be handled safely and cooked thoroughly to kill germs that could cause foodborne illness. It would also be helpful for people to recall and write down everything they consumed the week before getting sick.

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