Sudden and fast E. coli outbreak in the U.S. prompts CDC investigation

Out of 29 cases, nine have been hospitalized; and currently, no death rate has been reported.

Additionally, CDC revealed that they haven’t identified a certain type of food that could have stirred the pot.

According to another report by the State of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services had received 98 case reports of E. coli infection in August. In comparison, the number of cases reported in 2021 August was 20. The investigation started by the officials is reportedly in the early stages, while the laboratory results reveal a link between some of the cases.

“While reports of E. coli illness typically increase during the warmer summer months, this significant jump in cases is alarming,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive, in a statement.

“This is a reminder to make sure to follow best practices when it comes to hand hygiene and food handling to prevent these kinds of foodborne illness. If you are experiencing symptoms of E. coli infection like cramping and diarrhea (or gastrointestinal distress), especially if they are severe, make sure to let your health care provider know.”

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