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

Maricruz Casares
Abril 13, 2019

Ground beef has been named as the source of the E. coli outbreak that has been reported in six states including OH, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Traceback investigations are ongoing to determine the source of ground beef supplied to grocery stores and restaurant where ill people ate", said an update on the CDC website. "At this time, no common supplier, distribution, or brand of ground beef has been identified".

The outbreak began in early March and has stretched across six states with 109 people reporting illness consistent with symptoms of food poisoning.

Seventeen patients have been hospitalized due to their illness. "Many ill people bought large trays or chubs of ground beef from grocery stores and used the meat to make dishes like spaghetti sauce and sloppy joe", the CDC said. Eighty-four of them reported eating ground beef in the week before their symptoms began, according to the CDC. No one has died. Half of the cases are in Kentucky. The others are Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee, which has a total of 28 confirmed cases.

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The CDC conducted a multi-state investigation into the outbreak and discovered information that suggests that ground beef is the source of the outbreak.

The CDC recommends thorough handwashing, washing fruits and vegetables, cooking meat thoroughly and avoiding cross-contamination in food preparation areas as ways to prevent E. coli illness.

People typically get sick from E. coli two to eight days after swallowing the germ. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and severe stomach cramps and usually last between five to seven days.

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