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The outbreak of E. coli from spoiled ground beef extends to 10 states



20 of them have been admitted to hospital from previously infected people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. There were no fatalities.

Cases include those who have eaten beef since 1 March, but no supplier, distributor or brand of beef has been identified.

"Traceability investigations are underway to identify the source of prepared raw ground beef to grocery stores and restaurants where ill people reported the food," the CDC said.

Diseases began on March 1, and the infected were between 1 and 83 years old, with a mean age of 19 years.

"Diseases that occurred after March 26 may not be reported yet, as there is a time between the illness of a person with E. coli and the disease, which takes an average of two to three weeks." CDC said.

Earlier this month, the CDC announced that it identified minced meat as the food responsible for an outbreak. At that time, it indicated that the outbreak had 1
09 cases of disease in six states.
The eruption has now spread to 10 states: Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Minnesota.

Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. They start on average three to four days after the bacteria are taken. Most people recover after five to seven days. The first symptoms reported by this outbreak started on March 2nd.

Consumers are urged to prevent the spread of E. coli by hand washing, to cook minced meat to an internal temperature of 160 degrees, and to keep uncooked foods away from raw beef to prevent cross-contamination.


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