Coli Outbreak Spreads to Seven States Without Known Cause: CDC

Multistate E. coli Outbreak Caused by Unknown Food Source

Health officials probe E. coli outbreak in 7 states

"CDC is not recommending that consumers avoid any particular food at this time", the organization's notice said. Just earlier, the CDC confirmed one E. Coli case in Ohio. Restaurants and retailers are not now advised to avoid serving or selling any particular food.

Also, the CDC's experts are working on collecting samples from the affected patient to discover if the same bacteria strain is involved, trying to depict which was the source of this E. Coli widespread in the US.

So far, the CDC reports 17 people have been affected in Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and CT.

"The investigation is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections", the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. "These detectives who are called epidemiologists will go and start investigating, they will look at all patients", Dr. Raj Kapila, a professor in the department of medicine at Rutgers University in New Jersey, told CBS New York.

In conclusion, E. Coli outbreak in the United States has reached OH, where, until now, only one confirmed case has been registered by the CDC. 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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A total of six cases were reported in New Jersey along with four in Idaho, two each in CT and Pennsylvania and one each in Missouri, Ohio and Washington. Hemolytic uremic syndrome can be treated in many cases.

"The investigation is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections", the USA agency reports.

As always, proper food cleaning and preparation is the best defense.

Downes said the Department of Public Health is assisting the CDC in their investigation.

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