Publicado: Lun, Abril 15, 2019
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

Ground Beef Identified as Source of Mystery E. coli Outbreak

Ground Beef Identified as Source of Mystery E. coli Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control announced Friday that an investigation into an E.coli outbreak has been tied to ground beef. Sixty-three of the 75 people they interviewed - 84% - reported eating ground beef. "Traceback investigations are ongoing to determine the source of ground beef supplied to grocery stores and restaurants where ill people ate". So far, 17 people who've gotten ill have been hospitalized.

Hamburgers, meatloaf and other ground beef meals are probably still safe to eat, the CDC stressed, and retailers can still sell ground beef in stores. Most people get diarrhea (often bloody), severe stomach cramps, and vomiting.

Since its last update, 19 more people have fallen ill due to the strain of E.coli, bringing the total to 109.

Now, health officials may finally have the answer: ground beef.

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While the infection usually only lasts five to seven days, STEC infected people can also develop a potentially life-threatening condition known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is one type of kidney failure. Fortunately, there haven't been any deaths or serious complications reported in association with this particular outbreak. Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with suspected E. coli infections until testing has been performed.

Over the past year, E. coli prompted widespread recalls of romaine lettuce, but that outbreak was declared over in January. Consumers are not being asked to avoid beef products.

"CDC is not recommending that consumers avoid eating ground beef at this time", the agency said. "Thoroughly cook ground beef and any food that contains ground beef to kill germs", the CDC says.

Also, "wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils" after touching raw meat, the agency said. After cooking the beef, refrigerate it within 2 hours and use it within 3 or 4 days. The bacteria can be transmitted through contaminated water or food and sometimes through contact with other people and animals.

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