Coli outbreak in 7 states

CDC investigating E. coli outbreak across seven states

Health officials probe E. coli outbreak in 7 states

The CDC, FDA, USDA and the states of Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections. An additional four have been reported in Idaho, and two cases each in CT and Pennsylvania. The illnesses began between March 22 and March 31, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea, stomach cramps, and vomiting within three to four days of swallowing the germ that causes the sickness.

"State and local public health officials are interviewing ill people to determine what they ate and other exposures in the week before their illness started", the CDC said, according to CNN. No deaths have been reported to date. Currently, New Jersey is the state with the most reported outbreaks, six cases of E. coli-related illness affecting residents.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service are investigating, but so far haven't linked a specific food, grocery store, or restaurant chain as the source. Signs of HUS include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, and decreased urination.

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Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical care immediately. They're also not recommending food suppliers or servers avoid certain types of food just yet. Cook steaks and roasts to at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit and let rest for 3 minutes after you removing meat from the grill or stove.

Don't cross-contaminate food preparation areas.

Wash fruits and vegetables before eating, unless the package says the contents have been washed.

Don't prepare food or drink for others when you are sick.

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