The CDC reports an outbreak of E. coli in Michigan and Ohio

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A “rapidly evolving” epidemic of E. coli in Michigan and Ohio has left 29 people sick and nine of them hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

In an urgent public announcement aimed at finding the source of the outbreak, the CDC said no deaths had occurred. No food sources have been identified, the CDC said, meaning the number of people getting sick could increase. So far, 15 people in Michigan and 14 people in Ohio have been infected, the CDC said.

In a separate press release, the Michigan Department of Health said he had received 98 case reports of E. coli this month, up from 20 in August last year. Natasha Bagdasarian, the department’s medical director, said “the significant increase in cases is alarming”. The Ohio Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

An estimated 265,000 people report suffering from E. coli infections each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Video: Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post)

The symptoms of E. coli can include diarrhea, fever, excessive vomiting and dehydration, according to the CDC. “If you have symptoms of E. coli, help us solve this epidemic: write down what you ate the week before you got sick” and report your case to the health authorities, the CDC said in his note.

He also urged people to practice good food safety: washing hands, utensils and surfaces often, rinsing fruits and vegetables, separating raw meat from other foods, using a food thermometer to make sure meats are well cooked and perishable foods refrigerated. Most infections come from food sources, but E. coli can be passed from person to person in places with frequent and close contact.

People under 5 or over 65 and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk of serious illness, CDC says said.

Scientists say this E. coli won’t make you sick and could be good for the planet

E. coli are bacteria that can exist in the intestines of animals. Most E. coli are harmless, but some generate toxins that can kill humans, who usually contract them from eating contaminated food. About 265,000 people in the U.S. get sick each year from E. coli-borne toxins, 3,600 of whom need hospital care, the CDC says. said. About 30 people die from it every year.

The last publicized epidemic happened at the end of last year, when 10 people in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Ohio fell ill. A person deceased. In March, federal health officials declared the outbreak over. A federal investigation trace the epidemic to packaged salad products whose ingredients came from farms in Arizona and California.

Past epidemics were triggered by a variety of foods. baby spinach and cake mix were behind two outbreaks reported by the CDC last year. meat products such as Ground beef were behind the others in previous years.

Why E. coli keeps getting into our lettuce

In 2018, 210 people in 36 states fell ill an outbreak of E. coli triggered by romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, resulting in five deaths and 96 hospitalizations. Federal health officials have traced E. coli in canal water samples from the Yuma area.

The following year, romaine lettuce from California’s Salinas Valley infected 167 people in 27 states, resulting in 85 hospitalizations.

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