Last week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that they are investigating a mysterious multilateral space E. coli an outbreak that hit more than 70 people. Since then, the outbreak has been linked to more than 100 cases, but the CDC believes that the information it has collected indicates a source: minced beef.
According to the agency, preliminary information regarding ongoing investigations indicates that the meat is culpable. The CDC said on Friday that people who were sick in an outbreak reported that they ate beef at home and in restaurants, even though only one brand or distributor was designated.
The CDC said that the number of sick individuals increased to 109 people in six countries, which now includes Indiana, in addition to Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. So far, there have not been any deaths associated with the outbreak strain E. coli O103, but the agency reported that 17 people were hospitalized.
People who became ill reported that they were ill between March 2 and March 26. While the investigations are still ongoing, more than 80 percent of the 75 respondents reported that they took ground beef before the onset of the disease.
Like last week, Kentucky is still a country where the outbreak is most concentrated. According to the CDC, in Kentucky, only 24 out of 46 patients reported by state officials last week.
Referring to the Public Health Department of Kentucky, Mercer County Health Department, published on Facebook on March 28, the country's cases "were found in children and teenagers with extensive fast food exposure," but added that the outbreak "was not In fact, the CDC said on Friday that the cases were reported in people aged 1 to 83 years.
While the agency says it still does not advise consumers to avoid beef, it finds that people handling raw meat must take conventional precautions. Among these, the preservation of raw meat away from other foods in preparation, as well as thorough washing of hands before and after touching raw meat of any kind. In addition, consumers should avoid using beef that is too short or raw.