CDC Is Investigating An E. Coli Outbreak

  • CDC Is Investigating An E. Coli Outbreak

CDC Is Investigating An E. Coli Outbreak

However, CDC said Tuesday that it was not recommending consumers avoid any particular food and that restaurants and retailers were not advised to avoid serving or selling any particular food.

After New Jersey, the second highest number of cases has been reported in Idaho with four.

A map of the outbreak shows that people have been sickened in seven states across a wide geographical area.

Most people infected with E. coli will develop diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting within 3-4 days of swallowing the germ.

CDC reports that illnesses started being reported on March 22, and that those infected range in age from 12 to 84 years old with a median of 41.

Officials have been analyzing the DNA of the bacterial strain in order to link the individual illnesses to the larger outbreak.

This is the first E. coli outbreak of 2018. It springs up when the toxins from the bacteria spread from the intestines into the blood and cause damage to small blood vessels.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation's leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

Out of the 17 new E. coli cases, 11 were found in women. None of the patients has died.

People are advised to contact their health care provider if they have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that they can not keep liquids down and they pass very little urine.

"The investigation is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain has not been identified as the sources of infections", the CDC said.

"Wash your hands every time you use the restroom or change diapers", she said "Wash your hands before and after preparing food and after contact with animals, cooking meats to proper temperatures, thoroughly washing all surfaces that touch raw meats, avoiding unpasteurized dairy products and avoid preparing foods or drink for other people when you yourself are sick".