Ground beef is the food responsible for a mysterious outbreak of E. coli that involved 109 disease cases in six states. According to preliminary evidence, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.
"Sick people in this outbreak report that they eat ground beef at home and in restaurants," the CDC said in their breakout update.
Not a single supplier, dealer or brand has been identified as an outbreak source. Therefore, no recall has been issued and the CDC does not advise consumers to avoid ground beef or restaurants at this time.
Illnesses are now reported in six states: Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Indiana.
This is a condition and 13 more diseases since the last update reported by CDC Tuesday.
In the investigation, 75 of the reported diseases were questioned by health investigators.
Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. They start on average three to four days after the bacteria are taken. Most people recover after five to seven days. The first reported symptoms of this outbreak began on March 2nd.
Seventeen patients were hospitalized for their illness.
Federal, state and local health authorities continue to investigate.
In the meantime, the CDC reminds consumers to prevent E. coli from washing hands, to cook ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees, as measured by a meat thermometer, and foods that are not cooked from raw beef to avoid crossbreeding – Contamination.