An E. coli outbreak in Michigan and Ohio is causing severe illness with a hospitalization rate of 52 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health officials are working to determine the food source of the outbreak. Recent E. coli outbreaks have been linked to leafy greens, ground meat, flour, and clover sprouts.
E. coli Outbreak in Michigan and Ohio
Over the last couple of weeks, officials from various counties in Michigan and Ohio have reported huge increases in the number of confirmed E. coli infections. Genetic tests performed on the E. coli cultured from patients show that at least 29 of these cases, 15 in Michigan and 14 in Ohio, are linked. This means that the patients were exposed to the same contaminated food source.
The size of this outbreak is likely to grow as test results from all patients in both states are complete. In Michigan, a total of 98 E. coli infections have been reported from three counties (Kent, Ottawa, and Oakland) since the beginning of this month. In Ohio, 18 E. coli infections have been reported from Wood County.
Symptoms of an E. coli infection, including fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody, usually develop within one to three days of exposure. The people included in this outbreak, who range in age from six to 91 years old, said they first became ill on dates ranging from July 26, 2022, to August 6, 2022. Of the 17 people for whom information was available, nine said they had been hospitalized.
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