CDC Warns of E. Coli Bacterial Outbreak in Ohio and Michigan: What You Need to Know

Aunque la mayoría de las variedades de Escherichia coli son inofensivas, algunas cepas pueden causar cólicos abdominales intensos, diarrea con sangre y vómitos.


Although most varieties of Escherichia coli are harmless, some strains can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that nine people have been hospitalized as a result of an E. Coli outbreak in Michigan and Ohio they have also recorded a total of 29 illnesses in the two Midwestern states.

“A food has not yet been identified as the source of this fast-moving outbreak,” the CDC said. Meanwhile, they advise cleaning, separating, cooking and cooling food to avoid getting sick with this pathology.

For its part, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reported Tuesday that they were “investigating a recent increase in the number of illnesses related to the E. Coli bacteria.”

“MDHHS had received reports of 98 cases of E. Coli infection in August, compared to 20 cases reported during the same period in 2021,” they said in a statement.

Additionally, the Ohio Department of Health wrote in a tweet: “E.coli illnesses were recently reported in Ohio and Michigan. While the source of the outbreak has not been identified, it’s always good to keep #foodsafety in mind.”

“Although reports of E. coli illness generally increase during the warmer summer monthsthis significant increase in cases is alarming,” Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS medical executive director, said in her news release.

“This is a reminder to make sure follow best practices when it comes to hand hygiene and food handling to prevent this type of foodborne illness.

What we should know about the E. Coli bacteria

According to the Mayo Clinic, the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) lives in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Although most strains of Escherichia coli are harmless or cause brief diarrhea, some strains can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.

A person can be exposed to Escherichia coli from contaminated water or food, especially from raw vegetables and undercooked ground beef. Healthy adults usually recover from the infection within a week. Young children and older adults are at increased risk of developing a life-threatening type of kidney failure.

The latest outbreak comes nearly four months after Lakeside Refrigerated Services recalled more than 120,000 pounds of ground beef due to concerns the products could be contaminated with this bacteria.

According to the USDA, products sold under the Thomas Farms, Nature’s Reserve and Marketside Butcher brand names were produced between February 1 and April 8 and shipped to stores across the country.

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