Investigation underway in multistate E. coli outbreak

Health officials are working to find the source of an ...

Posted: Apr 12, 2018 11:09 AM
Updated: Apr 12, 2018 11:09 AM

Health officials are working to find the source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 17 individuals in seven states over the past four weeks. Six of those infected have been hospitalized.

"The investigation is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an outbreak investigation announcement Tuesday.

17 people across seven states have become ill

Six individuals have been hospitalized

New Jersey has reported six cases, Idaho has reported four cases, Pennsylvania and Connecticut have each reported two cases, and Washington, Missouri and Ohio have each reported one illness.

Those who are ill began experiencing symptoms between March 22 and 31. They range in age from 12 to 84, and the majority of patients, 65%, are female.

Symptoms of E. coli typically begin two to eight days after consuming the bacteria. They include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Most people recover in five to seven days. Some individuals may develop a severe illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can be life-threatening, although most people recover in a few weeks. Those most at risk for E. coli illness include the very young, the very old and individuals with compromised immune systems.

No deaths have been reported from this outbreak, although one of the hospitalized patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome.

"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.

The CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration are working with state and local health officials to identify the source of the outbreak.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2012806

Reported Deaths: 51732
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Kings26711410025
Queens2656739604
Suffolk1945123323
Nassau1782353121
Bronx1760716405
New York1330424342
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Erie835241718
Richmond713901760
Monroe617161036
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Broome17559348
Saratoga14517163
Ulster13159244
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Putnam1027491
Chautauqua8459137
Chemung7209133
Oswego703490
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Steuben6355142
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Sullivan621070
Cayuga591590
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Clinton458233
Madison432186
Fulton412288
Tompkins407749
Livingston403858
Montgomery3923117
Columbia3848100
Cortland356960
Tioga345058
Warren341856
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Otsego322147
Allegany320483
Greene315674
Chenango313874
Washington287955
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