"Ill people in this epidemic denounce eating beef on land and in restaurants," said the CDC in its update.
No supplier, distributor or brand has been identified as the source of the outbreak. Therefore, no reminders were issued, and the CDCs are not recommending that consumers avoid meat at this time or that restaurants stop serving.
As part of the investigation, 75 of those who reported diseases were interviewed by health researchers. Eighty-four of them reported eating beef during the week before their symptoms began, according to the CDC.
Symptoms include severe pains in the stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting. They start, on average, three to four days after ingesting the bacteria. Most people recover from five to seven days. The first reported symptoms of this outbreak began on March 2.
Seventeen patients were hospitalized due to their illness.
Federal, state and local health officials are still investigating.
Meanwhile, the CDC reminds consumers to prevent E. coli from washing their hands, cooking the ground meat at an internal temperature of 160 degrees, measured with a meat thermometer and keeping foods that are not cooked from raw meat to avoid the cross -contamination