CDC: Ground beef behind E. coli outbreak

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 13, 2019

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.

The CDC says people can continue to eat ground beef.

According to CNN, no single supplier, distributor or brand has been tapped as the direct source.

The mystery behind an E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens of people across six states appears to have been solved, with health officials reporting ground beef as the likely source of illness.

Illnesses are now being reported in six states: Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Indiana. Of these, 17 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Georgia has reported 17 cases, OH 7, Virigina 2 and IN 1.

It is the third-largest multi-state E. coli outbreak reported in 20 years, the CDC said. Eighty-four of them reported eating ground beef in the week before their symptoms began, according to the CDC. But, as always, people should be careful when they handle raw beef and make sure to cook it properly - to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius).

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

While many strains of E. coli are harmless, others can cause illness following contamination of foods.

While most people recover after several days, some E. coli infection cases can be life-threatening. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and severe stomach cramps and usually last between five to seven days.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical care immediately.

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