Multi-State E.coli Outbreak in Southern US07 June 2012
US - The E. coli O145 outbreak that killed a 21-month-old girl in New Orleans on May 31 is connected to at least 11 illnesses across the southern United States, multiple state health departments have confirmed.
Officials said that five people have been affected in the Georgia E coli outbreak, two adults are ill in Louisiana, where a toddler has also died, two in Alabama and one in Florida.
Food Safety News said that the Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee state health departments say they are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the outbreak. The CDC has not yet released any other information related to the investigation, but a spokeswoman said states are in various stages of investigation while CDC plays a supportive organizing role.
So far, health officials do not know the source of the contamination, but many say the contamination vehicle is likely food.
The confirmed outbreak illnesses appear to have first began in mid-April to early May.
As of June 4, E. coli O145 is one of the 'Big Six' E. coli strains now considered an adulterant in ground beef and non-intact beef products by the US Department of Agriculture.
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