U.S. CDC says ground beef possible source of E.coli outbreak

FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday preliminary information suggested ground beef could be responsible for a recent E.coli outbreak that has spread across six states.

No common supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef has been identified yet and the CDC said the investigation was ongoing. (

Since its last update, 19 more people have fallen ill due to the strain of E.coli, bringing the total to 109.

This is the third-largest E.coli outbreak in the US in 20 years, with about 17 people having been hospitalized so far.

Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta


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