March 27, 2019

Coli infections in seven states

13 April 2018, 08:43 | Randall Craig

What We Know So Far About the Mysterious E. Coli Outbreak That's Hit 7 States

Bacterial colonies

The outbreak has sicked 17 people across seven states, including two people in CT. According to the CDC, there were 2 reported outbreaks of E. coli in 2017 linked to leafy greens and SoyNut Butter.

"CDC is not recommending that consumers avoid any particular food at this time", the organization's notice said.

Six people have been hospitalized, with one developing hemolytic uremic syndrome, a kidney condition. Restaurants and retailers are not now advised to avoid serving or selling any particular food.

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.

Even though the first E. Coli cases have been registered on the United States territory in late March, only in April the situation has become more serious and was called an outbreak.

Marler Clark has been retained by E. coli victims from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Idaho.

A spokesperson for the New Jersey Department of Health told New Jersey 101.5 on Tuesday that there had been no additional cases of E. coli reported and that the investigation is ongoing.

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.

The particular strain of E. coli involved in this outbreak can cause bad stomach cramps, vomiting and bloody diarrhea.

"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.

Some methods for reducing the risk of infection include thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom or before cooking and eating, fully cooking meats to kill germs, and avoiding unpasteurized products like raw milk. This can be due to ingestion of contaminated food and water or poor hygiene.

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