Ground Beef Likely Cause of Food Poisoning in Six States

Ground Beef Likely Cause of Food Poisoning in Six States

At this time no common supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef has been identified as the source of this E. coli outbreak, but the CDC is now investigating the locations these ill people purchased ground beef from or ordered at a restaurant to determine this.

People sickened by the outbreak reported eating ground beef both at home and in restaurants. However, "at this time, no common supplier, distributor or brand of ground beef has been identified". So far, 17 people who've gotten ill have been hospitalized.

Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of ground beef supplied to grocery stores and restaurants where ill people ate. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and severe stomach cramps and usually last between five to seven days.

Most patients recover within a few weeks, but a number get permanent damage or die, according to the CDC.

Federal, state and local health officials are continuing to investigate.

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In some cases, some individuals infected wtih E.coli can develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can be life-threatening. Fortunately, there haven't been any deaths or serious complications reported in association with this particular outbreak.

The CDC recommends thorough handwashing, washing fruits and vegetables, cooking meat thoroughly and avoiding cross-contamination in food preparation areas as ways to prevent E. coli illness.

Over the past year, E. coli prompted widespread recalls of romaine lettuce, but that outbreak was declared over in January. They're also not discouraging retailers from serving or selling ground beef.

If you're planning to eat ground beef, the CDC says you should cook it and handle it carefully. The meat should be cooked thoroughly to 160 degrees to kill germs. Refrigerated meat should also be used within a day or two. The bacteria can be transmitted through contaminated water or food and sometimes through contact with other people and animals.

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