The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses.
- The FDA is in the preliminary stages of investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses.
- The CDC reports that 17 people in 7 states have become ill.
- The 17 illnesses occurred in the time period of March 22, 2018 to March 31, 2018.
- The FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) network is working with federal, state, and local partners to determine what people ate before they became ill, where they bought it and consumed it, and to identify the distribution chain of these foods — all with the goal of identifying any common food or points in the distribution chain where the food might have become contaminated.
- The information available at this time does not point to any particular food item, therefore the FDA is not recommending that consumers avoid any particular food product. We will share more information as it becomes available.
- Consumers who have symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 infection should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care. Although many infections resolve in 5-7 days, they can result in serious illness, including a potentially serious condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome.