"Traceback investigations are ongoing to determine the source of ground beef supplied to grocery stores and restaurant where ill people ate", said an update on the CDC website. The first reported symptoms from this outbreak began March 2. The number of people impacted by the outbreak now totals 109. In addition, raw meat should be stored away from other food products that aren't cooked, such as fruit.
Seventeen patients have been hospitalized due to their illness. Because investigators haven't yet pinpointed a precise supplier behind the contaminated beef, the CDC says it is not recommending that the public stop eating beef; it remains available to purchase in grocery stores. The cases occurred in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Indiana.More news: Bottas keeps Mercedes on top in final Chinese GP practice
The mystery behind an E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens of people across six states appears to have been solved, with health officials reporting ground beef as the likely source of illness.
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Over the past year, E. coli prompted widespread recalls of romaine lettuce, but that outbreak was declared over in January.
People typically get sick from E. coli two to eight days after swallowing the germ.
Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. These complications are more common in young children under 5, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.More news: Ariana Grande shares brain scan and opens up about PTSD