USA – E. coli Outbreak with Unknown Food Source


A food has not yet been identified as the source of this fast-moving outbreak. So far, illnesses have only been reported from Michigan and Ohio. To prevent getting sick from E. coli, follow these four steps when handling or preparing food: clean, separate, cook, and chill.

Fast Facts
Illnesses: 29
Hospitalizations: 9
Deaths: 0
States: 2
Recall: No
Investigation status: Active
Illustration of E. coli pathogen
What You Should Do
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these severe E. coli symptoms:

Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
Bloody diarrhea
So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
Signs of dehydration, such as:
Not peeing much
Dry mouth and throat
Feeling dizzy when standing up
If you have symptoms of E. coli, help us solve this outbreak:

Write down what you ate in the week before you got sick.
Report your illness to your local or state health department.
Answer public health officials’ questions about your illness.
Follow these four food safety steps to prevent getting sick from E. coli.

Clean: Wash your hands, utensils, and surfaces often. Rinse fruits and vegetables under running water before eating, cutting, or peeling.
Separate: Keep food that won’t be cooked separate from raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
Cook: Use a food thermometer to make sure you have cooked your food to a temperature high enough to kill germs.
Chill: Refrigerate perishable food (food that goes bad) within 2 hours. If the food is exposed to temperatures above 90°F (like a hot car or picnic), refrigerate within 1 hour. Thaw food in the refrigerator, not on the counter.

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