On Friday, April 5, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned of an ongoing multistate E. coli outbreak. According to the CDC, cases of E. coli linked to an unknown source have caused at least 72 infections in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia. The most affected state is Kentucky, with 46 cases, and at least 17 percent of individuals nationwide have been hospitalized. The CDC is investigating the origin of the outbreak.
An outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce hit several US states in late 2018.
Individuals usually develop symptoms of E. coli two to eight days after consuming the contaminated food. Symptoms include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting. Most people recover within one week of contracting E. coli but some cases can become severe or life-threatening.
Individuals in the US are advised to follow the advice issued by CDC and to consult their website for more information.
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