Source still unknown in 72-case, 5-state E coli outbreak

E. coli has sickened 72 people in five states

E. coli has sickened 72 people in five states

In an earlier report, a health official from Kentucky said possible culprits include beef, chicken, and sliced American cheese and that fast food is a source of concern, based on some early reports.

Public health investigators are using the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that may be part of this outbreak.

With more than 70 people sickened, this E. coli outbreak is already larger than the most recent major E. coli outbreak, which was linked to romaine lettuce and resulted in 43 reported illnesses across 12 states in late 2018.

They say 72 people of all ages have been infected - with eight of those infected winding up in hospitals.

Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia are the five states that have reported E.coli infections relating to particular strain of the bacteria.

So far, there have not been any deaths reported in connection to the most recent E. coli outbreak.

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Cases of illness first began to be reported March 2, and the last reported case occurred March 29.

Those infected are said to range in age from 1 to 74 years with a median age of 17. Fifty-five percent are female.

Officials have not been able to determine a specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain as the source of the outbreak.

For now, the CDC is not recommending that consumers avoid any particular food or that restaurants or retailers avoid serving or selling any particular food. However, illnesses can start anywhere from one to 10 days after exposure. Therefore, antibiotics should not be administered until diagnostic testing can be performed to rule out E coli infections.

Escherichia coli are bacteria found in the environment, foods and intestines of people and animals.

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