CDC: Ground beef behind E. coli outbreak

E. coli mystery solved Ground beef is source outbreak that includes Indiana CDC says

In a statement released today (April 12), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that, based on interviews with the sick people, preliminary evidence suggests that ground beef is the source of the outbreak. No deaths have been reported in relation to the outbreak. "Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of ground beef supplied to grocery stores and restaurant locations where ill people ate", the announcement read.

In its most recent statement on the outbreak, the CDC reported that another 13 people have contracted the illness since its update issued on April 9.

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.

So far, the outbreak has sickened 109 people in six states.

Seventeen patients have been hospitalized due to their illness. No one has died. The others are Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

Escherichia coli (abbreviated as E. coli) are bacteria found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals.

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".

Over the past year, E. coli prompted widespread recalls of romaine lettuce, but that outbreak was declared over in January.

Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

If you've been following the mysterious outbreak of E. coli over the last several days, the mystery has finally been solved. This is especially true for pregnant women, newborns, older or elderly adults and those with weakened immune systems.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical care immediately.

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