E. coli outbreak sickens 96 people across 5 states, CDC says

As of Tuesday, 96 people coming from 5 states have been infected with the strain of E. coli implicated inside latest outbreak, federal health agencies said. The last reported illness began on March 26.

The strain has emerged in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee along with Virginia, with the highest number of cases, 46, in Kentucky, the CDC said in a statement.

Eleven people have been hospitalized, however no deaths or cases of kidney failure have been reported. The patients range coming from 1 year old to 81 years old.

The Centers for Disease Control along with Prevention, several states, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety along with Inspection Service, along with the U.S. Food along with Drug Administration are investigating the multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O103 infections.

The investigation has not identified a specific food item, grocery store or restaurant chain as the source of the infection.

Those infected get sick an average of 3 to 4 days after eating or drinking something in which contains the bacteria, according to the CDC.

Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea along with vomiting. Some people with the infection may also get a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the CDC.

“State along with local public health officials are interviewing ill people to determine what they ate along with different exposures inside week before their illness commenced,” said the CDC.

Last year, an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickened 62 people across 16 states along with Washington, D.C.