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When ingested, the bug can cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools

by Thanh Marston (2019-06-16)

Federal health officials linked prepackaged spinach distributed by Natural Selection Foods LLC throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico to the ongoing outbreak, which has killed one person and sickened nearly 100 others in 19 states. No foreign cases are known.

O157:H7, is responsible for the current outbreak.

E. coli O157:H7 was first recognized as a cause of illness in 1982. That strain causes an estimated 73,000 cases of infection, including 61 deaths, each year in the United States, according to the CDC.

When ingested, the bug can cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools. Most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, although some people — including the very young and old — can develop a form of kidney failure that often leads to death.

Sources of the bacterium include uncooked produce, raw milk, unpasteurized juice, contaminated water and meat, especially undercooked or 의성출장안마 raw hamburger.

The spinach could have been contaminated in the field or during processing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Boiling contaminated spinach can kill the bacteria, but washing will not eliminate it.

Wisconsin accounted for 29 illnesses, about one-third of the cases, including the lone death. The victim's son identified her as Marion Graff, 77, of Manitowoc, who died of kidney failure Sept. 7.

Other states reporting cases were California, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming, according to the CDC.

In most outbreaks, the number of confirmed reports of illness is usually only the "tip of the iceberg," the agency said.