The E.coli outbreak linked to raw ground beef products has now sickened 177 people across 10 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday.
That’s a 21-person increase from when the CDC reported numbers earlier this week, on April 23. No deaths have been reported at this time, but more than 20 people have been hospitalized as a result of the outbreak.
The outbreak, which has caused at least two companies to recall thousands of pounds of raw ground beef, has affected residents in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. The highest number of cases have been reported in Kentucky, where 65 people have fallen ill.
E. coli are bacteria found in both human and animal intestines.
Signs and symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 infection typically begin three or four days after exposure to the bacteria, though you may become ill as soon as one day after to more than a week later. Signs and symptoms include:
· Diarrhea, which may range from mild and watery to severe and bloody
· Abdominal cramping, pain or tenderness
· Nausea and vomiting, in some people
E. coli can affect anyone who is exposed to the bacteria. But some people are more likely to develop problems than are others. Risk factors include:
· Age. Young children and older adults are at higher risk of experiencing illness caused by E. coli and more-serious complications from the infection.
· Weakened immune systems. People who have weakened immune systems — from AIDS or drugs to treat cancer or prevent the rejection of organ transplants — are more likely to become ill from ingesting E. coli.
· Eating certain types of food. Riskier foods include undercooked hamburger; unpasteurized milk, apple juice or cider; and soft cheeses made from raw milk.
· Time of year. Though it's not clear why, the majority of E. coli infections in the U.S. occur from June through September.
· Decreased stomach acid levels. Stomach acid offers some protection against E. coli. If you take medications to reduce your levels of stomach acid, such as esomeprazole (Nexium), pantoprazole (Protonix), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec), you may increase your risk of an E. coli infection.
The CDC recommends thorough hand-washing, washing fruits and vegetables, cooking meat thoroughly and avoiding cross-contamination in food preparation areas as ways to prevent E. coli illness.
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source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/e-coli/symptoms-causes/syc-20372058 & https://www.foxnews.com/health/e-coli-outbreak-ground-beef-sickens-177