Mysterious multi-state outbreak of e. coli investigated
A recent outbreak of illnesses related to e. coli contamination cannot yet be traced to any one source. There have been 17 illnesses identified in 7 states, including Connecticut (2), Idaho (4), Missouri, New Jersey (6), Ohio, Pennsylvania (2), and Washington. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have not been able to pinpoint a specific food item that is responsible for the outbreak.
All of the illnesses were reported between March 22 and March 31, 2018. The FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) network is working to determine what people ate before they became ill, where they bought it and consumed it, and to identify the distribution chain of these foods. The FDA and CDC are attempting to ascertain any common food or points in the distribution chain where the food might have become contaminated.
Food safety issues can lead to e. coli contamination. Retailers, restaurants, and other food service operators should always practice safe food handling and preparation measures. It is recommended that they wash hands, utensils, and surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after handling food.
E. coli contamination can cause severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, and a low fever. Most people get better within 5–7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening.
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