E.Coli Break Out and More

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USofA– E. Coli or Escherichia coli is a bacteria that lives in your intestines and that is usually relatively harmless. So what’s the big problem if there is an outbreak?

 

  1. Coli

Some forms of e. Coli, particularly e.coli 0157:H7, can be quite disarming and even deadly. It can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. This form of e. Coli, e. Coli O157:H7, is spread through contaminated food and water, mostly raw vegetables and raw ground beef. While most healthy adults can recover from this infection within a week, young kids and older adults are at a high risk for a form of kidney disease. This disease is called hemolytic uremic syndrome and it is life-threatening. Luckily, though, death does not occur as frequently as in other diseases and infections.

 

The News

    Today, tainted ground beef served in restaurants and in homes across 10 states has infected at least 156 people. The outbreak has spread to Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, and Minnesota. And as a result of this, Colorado has recalled more than 113,000 pounds of ground beef due to possible contamination and some other states are doing the same. Thankfully, no deaths have been reported over 20 people, however, some people have been hospitalized.

 

Solutions

    As far as, “cures” go, currently there isn’t one. There are some antibiotics, like ampicillin, that can be prescribed; however, the e. Coli bacteria has grown resistant to most antibiotics. The best solution options one can offer is know where your food is coming from, pay attention to recalls, and always, always, always cook your food fully. All in all, it is always wise to be aware of what you are putting into your body and while there are outbreaks of e.coli and other food based illnesses, it will only benefit you to be extra cautious of what you are eating.

 

Works Cited:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/24/health/e-coli-outbreak-ground-beef/index.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/e-coli/symptoms-causes/syc-20372058

 

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