The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an outbreak of E. coli illness from an unknown source has climbed from 72 cases Friday April 5, 2019 to 96 in five Eastern states — Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.
The origin of the food-borne illnesses is initially unknown, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The investigation is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections,” according to the CDC.
Cases of illness were first reported March 2, 2019. No deaths have been reported, but at least 11 people have been hospitalized” because of severe cases, according to the CDC.
The outbreak has been linked to the E. coli O103 strain of bacterium, and the CDC says people typically get sick within three to five days of eating food contaminated with E. coli.
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More people are sick from a multistate outbreak of E. coli from an unknown source. The total number of people infected is now 96, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://t.co/NVhTba67FL
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U.S. health officials say an outbreak of E. coli illness from an unknown source has risen to 96 cases across 5 states — up from the 72 cases reported last Friday. What to know: https://t.co/yAEPlKgg0b pic.twitter.com/HtwnEQfc2u
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