ATLANTA – Investigators believe that beef could be to blame on the ground after 156 people in ten states signed up for E. coli since March 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
The CDC tries to track down the cases This includes people who eat beef at home and in restaurants, to their source. No supplier, distributor or brand for beef has been identified.
No deaths were reported but 20 people were hospitalized for treatment.
The majority of cases occurred in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia, but consumers also became ill in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Virginia.
People who ingest the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli usually become ill three to four days later and may experience severe stomach cramps and diarrhea. often bloody ̵
The CDC said on Tuesday that they do not recommend that they stop eating or buying ground beef, but instead encourage consumers to secure their meat safely and thoroughly cooked.
The CDC continues to investigate and provide updates as they become available.
For more information on E. coli, information on safe meat preparation, and updates to the study, visit the CDC website.