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156 sickened, 20 hospitalized from E. coli outbreak linked to ground beef

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O103 linked to the consumption of ground beef that has sickened 156 people in 10 states.

Twenty people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported. Illness onset dates range from March 1 to April 7,2019; ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 83 years, with a median age of 19. Cases have been reported in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. Kentucky has the most cases, 65. Traceback investigations are ongoing to determine the source of raw ground beef supplied to grocery stores and restaurant locations where ill people reported eating.

To date, no common supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef has been identified. CDC stated no cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) have been reported; however, USA Today reported Melissa Carmicle filed a lawsuit seeking damages in excess of $75,000 from K2D Foods, alleging her kidneys began to fail and she began having seizures, as a result of E. coli infection.

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