Coli outbreak across 7 states

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A multistate E. coli outbreak from an unknown source has led to a number of hospitalizations is being investigated by federal and state officials.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an outbreak investigation announcement on Tuesday.

People typically get sick three to four days after eating food contaminated with the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria.

An outbreak of infections associated with a common type of bacteria found in foods, the environment and in the gastrointestinal tract of people and animals, has sicken 17 people in seven states, including two in CT. Restaurants and retailers are not now advised to avoid serving or selling any particular food. They're also not recommending food suppliers or servers avoid certain types of food just yet. New Jersey has the most cases of people falling ill with six while Idaho is second with four cases. "Laboratory testing is ongoing to link their illnesses to the outbreak using DNA fingerprinting". People who develop symptoms of E. coli, should seek medical care, contact their local health department to report the illness, and try to track what foods were eaten and restaurants visited in the days prior to becoming ill. They include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

That condition most often affects children who have been infected with E. coli, the National Kidney Foundation explains. It harms the kidneys when damaged red blood cells and other pieces clog up the organs and prevent them from doing their job of filtering waste from the body.

Public health investigators are working to determine the source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 17 people. None of the patients has died.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service are investigating, but so far haven't linked a specific food, grocery store, or restaurant chain as the source. More information will be provided as it becomes available, the CDC said.

Wash your hands after using the restroom or changing diapers, before and after preparing or eating food, and after contact with animals.

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