Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Coli outbreak across 7 states

Coli outbreak across 7 states

This Tuesday, the CDC came out with a report stating that the source of the E. Coli outbreak has not yet been discovered.

An outbreak of infections associated with a common type of bacteria found in foods, the environment and in the gastrointestinal tract of people and animals, has sicken 17 people in seven states, including two in CT. No deaths have yet been reported. Six of them were hospitalized and, of that group, one developed kidney failure from a condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

Most individuals infected with E. Coli usually get better within a week, but about 5 to 10 percent of people diagnosed with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infection are said to develop the potential life-threatening hemolytic uremic syndrome.

"State and local public health officials are interviewing ill people to determine what they ate and other exposures in the week before their illness started", the CDC said, according to CNN.

The first case of E. coli in New Jersey was reported on March 28, with other cases reported in Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, and Warren counties, according to state Epidemiologist Tina Tan.

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New Jersey has the largest share of people infected, with six cases reported in the state.

"The investigation is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections", the US agency reports. Just earlier, the CDC confirmed one E. Coli case in Ohio.

Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. This can be due to ingestion of contaminated food and water or poor hygiene.

To prevent infection, the CDC recommends washing your hands frequently, cooking meat thoroughly, washing fruits and vegetables, avoiding unpasteurized dairy and juices, and avoiding preparing meals for others when sick.

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