The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 17 people across 13 states. Although officials have not yet found the source of the outbreak, preliminary test show similarities to an ongoing outbreak in Canada linked to romaine lettuce that has sickened 41 with 1 death.
In a press release sent to journalists, the CDC stated, “this investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released as it becomes available.”
The information that they do have is that outbreak has an onset range from November 15 – December 8 and affects the states of California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington.
Federal and state officials are currently interviewing those who became ill to pinpoint the source of the outbreak. Until then the CDC is unable to recommend that US residents avoid a particular food.
Symptoms of E. coli include:
- Severe abdominal cramping
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhea (often bloody)
If you start to experience symptom