The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is homing in on ground beef as the source of the latest E. coli outbreak in the U.S., the agency said Friday, citing preliminary findings in its ongoing investigation.
“Traceback investigations are ongoing to determine the source of ground beef supplied to grocery stores and restaurant locations where ill people ate,” said the CDC.
The agency is looking at the grocery stores and restaurants where people said they ate beef just before they fell ill, it said. It hasn’t narrowed in on a specific supplier, distributor or brand of ground beef yet.
As of Friday, 109 people from six states have been infected with the strain of E. coli implicated in the latest outbreak, federal health officials said. The last reported illness began on March 26.
The strain has emerged in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia, with the highest number of cases, 54, in Kentucky, the CDC said in a statement.
Seventeen people have been hospitalized, but no one has died or suffered from kidney failure. The patients range in age from 1 to 83 years old.
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