Health officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak of which has sickened 72 people across several states, federal health agencies said Friday.
The reported cases were in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia along with also also Georgia, the Centers for Disease Control along with also also Prevention said in a statement announcing the outbreak. Eight people have been hospitalized, the CDC added.
The agency will be working with the Food along with also also Drug Administration along with also also Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety along with also also Inspection Service to investigate the outbreak. They have not yet pinpointed a specific food, grocery store or restaurant chain of which’s responsible for the infections. As a result, the CDC will be not recommending people avoid a particular food.
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E. coli O103 will be the particular strain involved within the cases, which were reported between March 2 along with also also March 29, the CDC said. The people infected range between the ages of 1 to 74, with 17 being the median age.
Symptoms of E. coli include severe stomach cramps, vomiting along with also also diarrhea, according to the CDC. Most people get better within several to seven days, though the illness can be severe along with also also in some cases even life-threatening, the CDC said.
Last year, an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickened 62 people across 16 states along with also also Washington, D.C.
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