Beef E. coli Lawyer: E. coli outbreak count rises to 109, ground beef probable cause
The multi-state outbreak of e. coli has sickened 109 people in 6 states, as of April 12, 2019. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that those who have become ill as part of the e. coli outbreak range in age from less than 1 year to 83 years. The CDC expects that the number of illnesses may increase, as illnesses that occurred after March 20, 2019, may not be reported yet. Seventeen of the affected consumers have been hospitalized for their illnesses.
The CDC has also narrowed down the source of the illnesses to ground beef consumed by the victims. A survey conducted as part of the investigation found that 84% of the people interviewed reported eating ground beef before becoming ill. They bought or ate ground beef from several different restaurants and grocery stores, where they bought large trays or chubs of ground beef to be used in making dishes at home, including spaghetti sauce and sloppy joes.
No one producer or brand of ground beef has yet been identified though according to E. coli lawyer Ron Simon, “this is likely to be remedied shortly.” The CDC and state health officials are conducting traceback investigations to determine the supplier source. Kentucky has been the hardest hit by the e. coli outbreak, with 54 illnesses reported. Other states affected are Indiana (1), Georgia (17), Ohio (7), Tennessee (28), and Virginia (2).
Until further information is gathered about the beef e. coli outbreak, and a specific source is identified, the CDC is not recommending that consumers avoid eating ground beef at this time – though the beef e. coli lawsuit lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates do advocate those with weakened immune systems, the elderly and very young, may want to avoid such meals, especially eating out, and at home only eat thoroughly cooked and properly prepared beef which is cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. The CDC always recommends consumers and restaurants handle ground beef safely and cook it thoroughly to avoid foodborne illness.