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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to investigate after determining that ground beef was probably at the origin of an outbreak of E. Coli that made people sick in Indiana and five other states.
The epidemic, which was initiated by the CDC at the end of March, sickened 109 people in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia. Seventeen of the patients were hospitalized.
Indiana faces only one case, while Kentucky has 54 cases, according to a map released April 12 by the CDC.
On April 12, no deaths had been reported and illnesses that occurred after March 20 might not be reflected in current CDC data, the agency said.
Infected people have reported eating ground beef at home and in restaurants, and ongoing investigations will determine the origin of contaminated ground beef, the CDC said. No common supplier, distributor or brand of ground beef has been identified.
The CDC said that consumers could still eat ground beef and that retailers could continue to sell it despite the outbreak.
Symptoms of E. coli infection usually begin three to four days after swallowing the germ. Symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, which usually last for five to seven days.
The CDC recommends that anyone with symptoms of an E. coli infection talk to their health care provider and write down what they ate the week before their illness.
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