Five people in the Atlanta area have become infected with a strain of E. coli. One person required hospitalization, however, no deaths have been reported in Georgia. The Centers for Disease Control is still looking for the cause of the outbreak.
Four of the five Georgia victims have been between the ages of 18 and 52. So far two of those were infected with the 0145 E. coli strain according to the Georgia Department of Public Health as reported on ajc.com.
This same E. coli strain is believed to be the cause of an outbreak in Louisiana that took the life of a 21-month-old girl and sickened two adults. Health officials as well as the CDC are still working to determine the cause.
Similarly, investigations in Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida are underway.
“We have detected no food items or environmental exposures that are statistically associated with illness at this time. This investigation is ongoing,” Georgia’s Department of Public Health spokeswoman Nicole Price told news outlets.
“The likely exposure is a food source,” Louisiana Department of Health spokesman Tom Gasparoli said. “But this has yet to be confirmed. Often, the contact source is not found.”
During this time of year, from April through September, more cases of E. coli are found as a result of undercooked ground beef. This is because in most places in the U.S., the spring and summer months lend themselves to frequent cookouts and gatherings where meat might be left out too long in the heat or not properly cooked.
Until now, the Department of Agriculture has not been testing meat for the 0145 E. coli strain. Now, however, they are testing for 0145 as well as five other strains.
Hopefully the CDC and the affected states’ health departments find the reason for the outbreaks. Since so many people have become infected with the same strain, it is possible, of course, that the E. coli came from a food manufacturer or producer. If the source of the infection is found to be the result of negligence, those who were sickened by the bacteria may have a case against the responsible party or parties.
Most individuals who have been infected with E. coli after ingesting the bacteria experience diarrhea, which could be bloody, along with abdominal cramping. Symptoms may begin anywhere from between two to eight days after exposure.
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Read more about the multi-state outbreak here.