Nearly 57 tons of ground beef for possible E coli

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A Georgia company is recalling over 113,000 pounds of ground beef after receiving reports that it might be contaminated with a strain of E. coli that could cause significant illnesses.

Of the people infected so far, 20 of them have been hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. No deaths have been reported. No supplier, distributor or brand of beef has been identified.

Those sickened in this outbreak have reported eating ground beef at home and in restaurants, the CDC says.

People fell ill starting March 1, the agency said.

"Unopened, intact ground beef collected as part of the ongoing investigation from a restaurant location, where multiple case-patients reported dining, tested positive for E. coli O103", the recall notice said.

The illnesses started from March 1, and those infected range in age from younger than 1 year old to 83 years old, with a median age of 19, it said.

April 13: More than 100 people ill from an E. coli outbreak linked to ground beef. "This takes an average of two to three weeks", the CDC said.

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There's no established link between the product and the ongoing E. coli outbreak, according to the statement.

Additional cases of E. coli infection were later reported in Florida (3 as of Tuesday), Illinois (1), in (1), Minnesota (1), MS (1), OH (8), Tennessee (41) and Virginia (2).

The beef went out in cardboard boxes with "use thru" dates of 4/14/19, 4/17/19, 4/20/19, 4/23/19, 4/28/19, and 4/30/19.

Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting, with some people running a low fever. They begin, on average, three to four days after ingesting the bacteria.

Many of those infected recover after several days, although some E. coli infection cases can be life-threatening.

To avoid the contagion, the CDC advises people to wash their hands, cook meats thoroughly, avoid cross-contamination of food preparation areas, wash fruits and vegetables, avoid unpasteurized dairy products and juices and don't prepare food for others when you are sick.

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