CDC: Ground beef may be source of recent E.coli outbreak


Health officials say ground beef may be the source of an E. coli outbreak that’s sickened at least 100 people– more than a dozen in Georgia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a preliminary investigation points to ground beef, but they’ve not yet identified a common supplier or distributor.

One hundred and nine people have fallen ill and 17 had to be hospitalized. E. coli infections can cause severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The CDC suggests cooking meat thoroughly to destroy bacteria. A meat thermometer should reach at least 160 degrees fahrenheit for cooked ground beef.

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