The CDC found that ground beef is responsible for over 100 disease cases.
An outbreak of E. coli from rotten ground beef has sickened 177 people in 10 states, the CDC reported on Friday – 21 more people than was reported earlier this week.
Since the beginning of March, 21 of the 177 people infected with the strain Escherichia coli O103 have been admitted to hospital, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday. No deaths were reported.
"Two companies have recalled ground beef products sold to restaurants and institutions because they may be contaminated with E. coli O103," the CDC said Friday. "Investigators are still tracking other sources of ground beef, and other products contaminated with E. coli O103 can be recalled."
This week, K2D Foods recalled around 113,424 pounds of raw beef and Grant Park Packing over 53,200 pounds of beef over concerns it may be contaminated with E. coli O103, according to the Department of Agriculture's Food and Inspection Service.
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Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia have seen the highest number of cases with 65, 52 and 41, respectively. Tennessee added 11 more cases since Tuesday's numbers, and Georgia added eight more cases ,
Other affected states had fewer cases, with Ohio reporting 10; Florida three; Virginia two; and Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Mississippi each reported a case.
"States are investigating more diseases that may be involved in this outbreak," the CDC said.
The patients reported having eaten ground beef at home and outdoors Restaurants Currently, the CDC does not recommend consumers to eat ground beef. However, the agency emphasizes that consumers and restaurants safely handle ground beef and cook well to avoid disease transmission.
E. Coli infection usually occurs three to four days after the germ is consumed, says the CDC. Severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting can occur after five to seven days.
In severe cases, patients may get hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. However, no cases of renal failure have been reported with this outbreak.
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