17 Cases of E. Coli Infection Reported in State of Georgia
GEORGIA – According to an online news report posted at hilltopmonitor.com, a state agency in Georgia has reported that 17 people have been sickened by E. coli in the state. The outbreak has affected five states in the southern and eastern parts of the United States, including Georgia, and health officials have not yet identified the source.*
So far, no cases of death have been reported in Georgia or in the other four states affected by the E. coli outbreak. In addition, no cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome have been reported. Though the reports of infection have been concentrated in just five states so far — Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia — infection could spread to neighboring states.
At this time, officials have not been able to identify the source of the E. coli infections, which makes it difficult for the public to avoid contaminated products. Kentucky has the most reported cases to date in this outbreak, with 46 people falling ill. Tennessee has 26 reported cases, Ohio has five reported cases, and Virginia has two reported cases.
Symptoms of E. coli infection typically include stomach pain and diarrhea. Most people will recover within a few days with appropriate care, but the infection can be life-threatening to at-risk populations, such as children, older adults, and immunocompromised persons.
To best avoid illness, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control advises people to wash their hands often and especially after using the restroom, after changing diapers, during and after food preparation, and after touching animals. People should also make sure that all produce is washed before eating and that all meat is fully cooked before eating, the CDC says.
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