State E. coli Outbreak - Fast Facts

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Restaurants and retailers are not advised to avoid serving or selling any particular food.

Six people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported, as officials seek to determine what caused the outbreak.

In a Tuesday, April 10 update, the CDC reports the outbreak had further reached the Midwest in OH and Pennsylvania. The illnesses began between March 22 and March 31, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An E. coli outbreak has affected 17 people across seven states over the last month.

MLive sister-publication NJ.com reports that Panera Bread could be linked to E. coli infections in four counties with eight people falling ill.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and food safety and inspection officials from the Department of Agriculture are also looking into the matter, according to the CDC.

A total of six cases were reported in New Jersey along with four in Idaho, two each in CT and Pennsylvania and one each in Missouri, Ohio and Washington. Those infected are between the ages of 12 and 84.

As I've mentioned above, there is only one confirmed case of E. Coli infection in the OH state. Hemolytic uremic syndrome can be treated in many cases. Luckily, none of the patients have died.

People are advised to contact their health care provider if they have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that they can not keep liquids down and they pass very little urine.

People who have been infected with E. coli bacteria can show symptoms like bloody diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain, but will often recover within a span of a week.

It is still early in the investigation and no specific source of the infection has been identified so far.

As always, proper food cleaning and preparation is the best defense.

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