April 12 (Reuters) – US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said preliminary information suggested on Friday that ground beef could be responsible for a recent E. coli outbreak that has spread in six states.
No supplier, distributor or common brand of ground beef has yet been identified and the CDC said that the investigation was in progress. (bit.ly/2KwyHhl)
Since its last update, 19 people have fallen sick due to the strain of E. coli, which elevated the total to 109.
This is E. coli's third largest outbreak in the United States in 20 years, with about 17 people who have been hospitalized so far. (Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Shounak Dasgupta edition)