The ground beef E. coli outbreak has expanded to include 196 people in 10 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty-eight people have been hospitalized, two of them with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a form of kidney failure that is a complication of some E. coli infections.
Since the CDC’s last update on April 26, 2019, 19 more illnesses have been reported. The case count by state is: Florida (5), Georgia (49), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (69), Minnesota (1), Mississippi (1), Ohio (12), Tennessee (55) and Virginia (2).
The case-patients range in age from less than 1 year to 84 years old. They reported onest of E. coli symptoms, which include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody, from March 1, 2019 to April 19, 2019.
During interviews with health officials, they reported eating ground beef at restaurants and at home before they became ill. They named many different grocery stores where they reported buying large trays or “chubs,” the long tube-shaped packages, of ground beef. They also named many restaurants. These names have not been released to the public. In Tennessee, health officials collected and tested meat from one of these restaurants. It was positive for the outbreak strain of E. coli O103.
Ground Beef Recalls
Two companies have recalled raw ground beef products in connection with this outbreak. On April 23, K2D Foods, doing business as Colorado Premium Foods, in Carrollton, Ga., recalled roughly 113,424 pounds of ground beef. And on April 24, Grant Park Packing of Franklin Park, IL recalled approximately 53,200 pounds of raw ground beef.
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