US Center for Disease Control and Prevention investigates E. Coli outbreak in 8 States

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention investigates E. Coli outbreak in 8 States

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Wednesday that they were investigating an E. Coli outbreak in eight states of the US. The outbreak infected at least 17 people, according to the CDC.

The CDC said that seven people were hospitalized due to the outbreak of the disease. The cases have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Maryland, Washington, Montana, and Idaho. According to recent investigations, no deaths have been reported. Hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, has been developed in two of the hospitalized patients.

E. coli O157: H7, a particular type of bacteria, is associated with this disease. The bacteria is highly toxic as it produces toxins within the several days of swallowing the bugs. The symptoms include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and cramps in the stomach. In many cases, the problem gets resolved within a week but sometimes it becomes worse and lasts long.

The investigators in Maryland are waiting for the results of whether the unopened Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad contained E. coli or not. The patients reported in Maryland ate this particular salad. In other states, things are different, according to the investigators. The CDC has recommended the public not to eat and sell this salad if it has the ‘best by’ date of October 31. The agency is still investigating the root cause of the outbreak.

The CDC is investigating some other products to know whether they have any link with the current outbreak of E. coli in eight States of the US. 17 patients have been reported to be infected due to the outbreak. The health officials are trying to reach the root cause of the spread of the bacteria. Seven people have been hospitalized so far and two of them are suffering from the hemolytic uremic syndrome. The CDC has recommended the public to take extra care of their health.

Staff writer for the Chicago Morning Star

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