The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the New Jersey cases make up less than half of the 17 reported cases across the country, leading to a national investigation.
A total of six cases were reported in New Jersey along with four in Idaho, two each in CT and Pennsylvania and one each in Missouri, Ohio and Washington. Six of them were hospitalized and, of that group, one developed kidney failure from a condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
Illnesses began between March 22 and March 31, as the CDC said symptoms typically manifest two to eight days after ingesting the germ. More information will be provided as it becomes available, the CDC said.
However, the CDC has no clue from where the E. Coli bacteria has been contracted by the patient in OH, as no restaurant, food, or grocery store were discovered as possible sources for the E. Coli infection.
The CDC still has yet to figure out what the cause of the outbreak is and is not yet recommending people avoid certain foods or restaurants.
New Jersey has the largest share of people infected, with six cases reported in the state.
Also, the CDC's experts are working on collecting samples from the affected patient to discover if the same bacteria strain is involved, trying to depict which was the source of this E. Coli widespread in the US. Both The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and officials from the Department of Agriculture are assisting them in the investigation. Hemolytic uremic syndrome can be treated in many cases. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output.
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