Health officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 72 people across five states, federal health agencies said Friday.
<meta id="speakablemeta3" itemprop="cssSelector" content="#article_body > div > div.group > p:first-child"> Eight people have been hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention <a class="inline_asset" href="https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2019/o103-04-19/index.html">said in a statement</a> announcing the outbreak. The CDC is working with the <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/fda/">Food and Drug Administration</a> and Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service to investigate the outbreak. They have not yet pinpointed a specific food, grocery store or restaurant chain that's responsible for the infections. Therefore, the CDC is not recommending people avoid a particular food. <blockquote>For more on investing in health care innovation, <a class="inline_asset" href="https://cnbcevents.com/healthy-returns/">click here</a> to join CNBC at our Healthy Returns Summit in New York City on May 21.</p></blockquote> <p>E. coli O103 is the particular strain involved in the cases, which were reported between March 2 and March 29, the CDC said. The people infected range between the ages of 1 to 74, with 17 being the median age. Last year, an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce<a class="inline_asset" href="https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/s0109-final-ecoli-update.html"> sickened 62 people</a> across 16 states and Washington, DC.