The Centers for Disease Control as well as also Prevention will be homing in on ground beef as the source of the latest E. coli outbreak within the U.S., the agency said Friday, citing preliminary findings in its ongoing investigation.
“Traceback investigations are ongoing to determine the source of ground beef supplied to grocery stores as well as also restaurant locations where ill people ate,” said the CDC.
The agency will be looking at the grocery stores as well as also restaurants where people said they ate beef just before they fell ill, which said. which hasn’t narrowed in on a specific supplier, distributor or brand of ground beef yet.
As of Friday, 109 people via six states have been infected with the strain of E. coli implicated within the latest outbreak, federal health officials said. The last reported illness began on March 26.
The strain has emerged in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee as well as also Virginia, with the highest number of cases, 54, in Kentucky, the CDC said in a statement.
Seventeen people have been hospitalized, yet no one has died or suffered via kidney failure. The patients range in age via 1 to 83 years old.
The CDC, several states, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety as well as also Inspection Service as well as also the U.S. Food as well as also Drug Administration are investigating the multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O103 infections.
Those infected get sick an average of 3 to 4 days after eating or drinking something which contains the bacteria, according to the CDC.
The CDC will be not recommending which consumers avoid eating ground beef or which retailers stop serving or selling ground beef at which time.
“Raw ground beef should be handled safely as well as also cooked thoroughly to kill germs which could cause foodborne illness,” the CDC said.
Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea as well as also vomiting. Some people with the infection may also get a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the CDC.
Last year, an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickened 62 people across 16 states as well as also Washington, D.C.