The ground beef E. coli outbreak, which sickened 209 people and led to two recalls, “appears to be over,” the CDC announced this week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued what the government agency called its “final update” Tuesday on the multi-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing strain of Escherichia coli O103.
“This outbreak appears to be over. Ill people in this outbreak ate ground beef from many sources,” the CDC said in the update. “No single supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef was identified.”
The CDC, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and state officials had investigated the outbreak that infected people in 10 states between March and May. Twenty-nine people were hospitalized and two cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, were reported. No deaths were reported.
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Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia had the most cases with 76, 59 and 51, respectively. Other affected states had fewer cases, with Ohio reporting 12; Florida five; Virginia two; and Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Mississippi each reporting one case.
Ill people ranged in age from less than 1 year to 84 years, with a median age of 18, the CDC reported with 51% female.
The two recalls affected beef sold to stores and restaurants.
On April 23, K2D Foods, doing business as Colorado Premium Foods, in Carrollton, Georgia, recalled more than 113,400 pounds. The next day, Grant Park Packing of Franklin Park, Illinois, recalled an estimated 52,300 pounds of raw ground beef.
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People who’ve ingested Shiga toxin-producing E. coli usually get sick three to four days afterward. Symptoms, which tend to last five to seven days, include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.
The CDC reminds consumers to cook ground beef thoroughly to an internal temperature of 160° to kill germs. Casseroles that include ground beef as an ingredient should be cooked to 165°. Also, anyone who handles raw ground beef should wash their hands with soap and clean kitchen implements with hot, soapy water or a bleach solution.
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