CDC Is Investigating An E. Coli Outbreak

CDC Is Investigating An E. Coli Outbreak

Both The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and officials from the Department of Agriculture are assisting them in the investigation.

The six reported cases of people infected by the E. coli bacteria is just one part of a much larger investigation being conducted on the national level.

So far, the outbreak has affected New Jersey, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Washington, Missouri and Ohio. Currently, scientists are matching the bacterial DNA in an attempt to link the cases and trace their origin. Six people have been hospitalized, one person suffered a type of kidney failure and that 65 percent of those ill are women. The illnesses began between March 22 and March 31, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This is the first E. coli outbreak of 2018. 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.

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As of April 9, 17 cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection have been reported in 7 states. Hemolytic uremic syndrome can be treated in many cases. Ill people range in age from 12 to 84 years, with a median age of 41. Luckily, none of the patients have died.

Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting.

"Wash your hands every time you use the restroom or change diapers", she said "Wash your hands before and after preparing food and after contact with animals, cooking meats to proper temperatures, thoroughly washing all surfaces that touch raw meats, avoiding unpasteurized dairy products and avoid preparing foods or drink for other people when you yourself are sick".

Even though the first E. Coli cases have been registered on the United States territory in late March, only in April the situation has become more serious and was called an outbreak.

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