E. Coli Outbreak: 14 Sickened In Six States, One Child Dead

A recent E. coli outbreak has caused 14 people across six states to get sick. Three people have been hospitalized and one child in the New Orleans area has already died.

CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell, said:

“Their illness onsets range from April 15 to May 12, 2012… Three ill persons have been hospitalized. One death has been reported in Louisiana.”

The disease has been found in six states across the United States. Georgia had five cases, Louisiana four, Alabama two, Tennessee, Florida and California each had one.

According to CBS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not been able to pinpoint the cause of the E. coli outbreak.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that E.Coli is a form of bacteria and many forms of it are harmless. E. coli 0145, the strain found in the most recent outbreak, is considered dangerous. Health officials have studying the strain since 2009.

Stacey Bosch, who’s leading the CDC investigation, said:

“These are not newly emerging bacteria. Our awareness of them has been improving.”

Since the CDC hasn’t been able to pinpoint the origin of the E. Coli outbreak, the organization is stressing that people take precautions with their food. The CDC says that you should cook meat thoroughly and avoid unpasteurized milk and ciders.

Dr. Raoult Ratard, the Louisiana state epidemiologist, said:

“People more seriously affected by the disease may have blood in their stool, fever and become extremely fatigued. If you suspect you are infected, see your doctor immediately.”

Dr. J. Patrick O’Neal said that people should be cautious with their food but said that there was no reason for panic. O’Neal told CNN:

“I don’t think there’s need for great concern. I think awareness, yes, concern, no. We have outbreaks of various diarrheal diseases quite frequently.”