E. Coli Outbreak in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia — Unknown Source

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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