An E. coli outbreak in west Kentucky has sickened 10 people, according to a WPSD news report.  Two people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a form of kidney failure associated with E. coli infections. Six people have been hospitalized.


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Health officials have not yet discovered the food source of the outbreak. Any food can become contaminated with E. coli. Ground beef and leafy greens, such as romaine lettuce, are the most common sources of E. coli outbreaks.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS), which regulates meat and poultry, has investigated two outbreaks this year where the suspected source of illness was ground beef and one E. coli outbreak where a suspected source was not identified. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates all other food, has investigated three E. coli outbreaks so far this year, two with unidentified sources and one linked to cake mix.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection usually develop within three days of eating contaminated food. They include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody.

In 2019, 19 people in Central Kentucky were sickened in an E. coli O103 outbreak linked to food served at fast food restaurants. And in 2014, five children who developed HUS after drinking raw milk milk were hospitalized at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Escherichia coli (E. coli) colonies in a lab