Statement on CDC Announcement of Multistate E. Coli Outbreak that Sickened 2 in Connecticut
The following is a statement from Dr. Matthew Cartter, State Epidemiologist and Director of Infectious Diseases at the State Department of Public Health, on today’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that it is actively investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7, which has sickened 17 individuals in seven states, including two in Connecticut.
Most people infected with E. coli will develop diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting within 3-4 days of swallowing the germ. People who develop symptoms of E. coli, should seek medical care, contact their local health department to report the illness, and try to track what foods were eaten and restaurants visited in the days prior to becoming ill.
More information about the investigation and advice for consumers can be found on the CDC’s website here.