(LEX 18/ Courier-Journal) – The Center for Disease Control is announcing an investigation into a multistate outbreak of E. coli O103.
As of March 25, there were 20 reported cases in Kentucky, including children and adults.
The Courier-Journal is reporting that now, 46 cases have been reported in Kentucky, and 70 cases have been reported in five states in recent weeks.
The CDC says the investigation is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections.
No deaths have been reported yet.
Symptoms of E. coli O103 illness typically include stomach cramps and diarrhea, including bloody diarrhea, and people generally become ill two to five days after consuming contaminated food.
The public can help prevent E. coli infections by:
• Washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom, handling raw meat and eggs, and after handling or petting animals;
• Thoroughly washing produce before eating;
• Thoroughly cooking meat;
• Cleaning and sanitizing food preparation areas;
• Avoiding swallowing lake or pool water;
• Drinking only pasteurized milk;
• Frequently cleaning and sanitizing restrooms, including doorknobs and faucets; and
• Reporting diarrheal illnesses to your physician.