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Multi-state Escherichia coli outbreak sends at least 10 people to hospital



Health officials are investing in a multi-state E. coli infection that sickened at least 23 people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that people avoid any particular food at this time because they have not yet found the food that makes people sick.

These diseases have been reported in California, Washington, Utah, North Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Kansas and North Dakota reported the most cases, with at least 4 people in each state sickened.

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The CDC said that so far, the authorities have interviewed 1

3 people and they have all reported eating various types of leafy green vegetables, such as iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, mixed bag lettuce and spinach.

The history of these diseases can be traced back to August 17 and has been reported to October 8. The affected consumers are between 5 and 81 years old, and 67% of them are women. At least 10 diseases led to hospitalization, including two people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. To date, no deaths have been reported.

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E. coli usually causes illness within two to eight days of eating contaminated products and is usually diagnosed by stool samples. Symptoms may include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Others may have a fever. Although the infection may be very mild, others may develop serious illness or life-threatening conditions.

If diarrhea persists for more than three days or there is blood in the stool or excessive vomiting, the CDC recommends contacting a healthcare provider.

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Ways to prevent E. coli infection include washing hands frequently after using the bathroom or changing diapers, before and after preparing or eating food, and after contact with animals. Cooking meat thoroughly can also eliminate infection and avoid any cross-contamination when preparing food. Also wash fruits and vegetables, and avoid using raw milk or other unpasteurized dairy products and unpasteurized fruit juices.


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