Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that ground beef is the likely source of a multistate Escherichia coli O103 outbreak that has now sickened more than 100 people, but officials have yet to identify a supplier.
“Preliminary interview information from ill people suggests that ground beef is the source of this outbreak,” the CDC said in a news release. “At this time, no common supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef has been identified.”
Fully 84% of case-patients reported eating ground beef both at home and in restaurants, but at this point the CDC is not recommending that consumers avoid ground beef products, nor should retailers stop selling or serving ground beef. That percentage of patients eating ground beef is “significantly higher” than what would be found in non-infected people, the agency said.
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