Twenty-nine people infected with the strain of E. coli have been sickened in 2 states – 15 in Michigan and 14 in Ohio. Nine hospitalizations have been reported with no deaths, though officials said the true number of cases is likely higher as both states have reported large increases in E. coli infections.
“A food has not yet been identified as the source of this fast-moving outbreak,” the Centers for Disease Control said in its alert. Data from CDC tracking shows bacteria taken from the sick people are closely related genetically, suggesting they were sickened with the same food.
The first infections occurred in late July; the infected range in age from 6 to 91.
Symptoms of E. coli vary but can include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some people may have a low-grade fever. Most people get better within a week but E. coli can be life-threatening for others, especially the elderly, the young or those with other health conditions.
Symptoms typically occur within 3-4 days after contamination.