Coli outbreak across 7 states

Coli outbreak across 7 states

An E. coli outbreak investigation is underway as health officials work to locate the source of the epidemic that has left at least 17 people from several states sick over the past four weeks.

A map of the outbreak shows that people have been sickened in seven states across a wide geographical area. Idaho is right behind with four infections.

To date, there are 17 laboratory confirmed cases across seven states: CT (2), Idaho (4), Missouri (1), New Jersey (6), OH (1), Pennsylvania (2), and Washington (1). Currently, scientists are matching the bacterial DNA in an attempt to link the cases and trace their origin.

CDC reports that illnesses started being reported on March 22, and that those infected range in age from 12 to 84 years old with a median of 41.

The particular strain of E. coli involved in this outbreak can cause bad stomach cramps, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Six people have been hospitalized, one person suffered a type of kidney failure and that 65 percent of those ill are women.

In conclusion, E. Coli outbreak in the U.S. has reached OH, where, until now, only one confirmed case has been registered by the CDC. It harms the kidneys when damaged red blood cells and other pieces clog up the organs and prevent them from doing their job of filtering waste from the body.

"Illnesses reported by investigators in New Jersey also included ill people who had a diagnostic test showing they were infected with E. coli bacteria", the CDC reports in an April 10 news release. None of the patients has died.

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.

Downes said the Department of Public Health is assisting the CDC in their investigation.

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