Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Coli Outbreak Investigation Spans 7 States

Coli Outbreak Investigation Spans 7 States

Restaurants and retailers are not now advised to avoid serving or selling any particular food. They should also track the foods they've eaten and restaurants they've eaten in the week prior to becoming ill.

The states that reported cases of infection are New Jersey, Idaho, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio, and Washington. Most people recover in five to seven days.

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.

While no deaths have been reported so far, six people have been sent to the hospital including one person with kidney failure.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an outbreak investigation announcement on Tuesday. Symptoms include diarrhea, which can be bloody, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

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.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation's leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Despite the fact that 7 U.S. states have been affected by E. Coli, so far, only New Jersey seems to concentrate most of the cases with 6 confirmed E. Coil infections. The patients are between 12 and 84 years old.

The ongoing investigation has not identified a specific food item, grocery store or restaurant chain as the source of the infections.

People are advised to contact their health care provider if they have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that they can not keep liquids down and they pass very little urine.

Those who are ill began experiencing symptoms between March 22 and 31.

Wash your hands after using the restroom or changing diapers, before and after preparing or eating food, and after contact with animals.

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