A E. coli An outbreak affecting 109 people in six states has been identified as a likely source of ground meat, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"A total of 109 people infected with the epidemic strain of E. coli O103 have been reported in six states," the CDC said in a statement released on Friday. "Preliminary epidemiological information suggests that ground beef is the source of this outbreak, and sick people in this outbreak report eating ground beef at home and at the restaurant."
No common brand or supplier has yet been identified for the distribution of contaminated beef. This is an ongoing investigation.
"Seventeen people have been hospitalized.No cases of haemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of renal failure, have been reported.No deaths have been reported," said the CDC.
This E. coli The investigation began on March 28, after authorities in Kentucky and Georgia reported infections at the CDC.
The CDC does not advise the public to avoid ground beef and has not issued a recall notice or advised retailers to stop serving or selling ground beef. That said, the agency recommends that home cooks and restaurants cook the beef as a precaution and wash their hands and any other objects or surfaces that come into contact with raw ground beef with soap and water. 39 hot water.