By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with federal and state health agencies, are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections.
As of February 1, 2021, a total of 16 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported from 5 states (Arkansas-6, Oklahoma-5, Virginia-2, Washington-2 and New York-1).
Three people developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). One death has been reported from Washington.
The food source linked to the outbreak is still being investigated.
Most people infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli experience severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting.
Symptoms usually start 3 to 4 days after swallowing the bacteria. Most people recover without treatment after 5 to 7 days.
Some people may develop a type of kidney failure (hemolytic uremic syndrome, also called HUS) and would need to be hospitalized.
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