Just before Thanksgiving, an E. Coli outbreak was discovered.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have declared an E. coli outbreak ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. According to the article, there have been no deaths as a result of the outbreak, which has so far been discovered in seven states, but there have been two hospitalizations. The outbreak appears to be linked to Josie’s Organics Baby Spinach, according to the CDC. E. coli O157:H7 was discovered in a box of leftover Josie’s Organics baby spinach retrieved from one infected person’s house, according to Minnesota health officials. Five people in the outbreak claim to have eaten spinach in the week before becoming ill, with one mentioning the Josie’s Organics brand. Investigators are trying to figure out if there are any more contaminated products.
People should avoid eating any tainted spinach, according to the CDC. They also suggest everyone to either throw it out or return it to the retailer where it was purchased. If tainted spinach is discovered, the CDC recommends washing any items or surfaces that may have come into contact with it with hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
If someone who ate the spinach develops any of the symptoms listed above, they should seek medical attention. Diarrhea plus a fever higher than 102°F, diarrhea lasting more than 3 days that does not improve, bloody diarrhea, vomiting that makes it difficult to keep liquids down, and dehydration are all signs to watch out for. Not urinating much, a dry mouth and throat, and dizziness while standing up are all indicators of dehydration. Symptoms usually appear 3 to 4 days after the bacteria is swallowed. After 5 to 7 days of exposure, the majority of people recover without any therapy.
Businesses should not sell any contaminated spinach, according to the CDC. They should also cleanse any surfaces that have been exposed.
There was also an E. coli epidemic connected to cake mix this year. At the time, it was advised that people avoid eating raw cake batter.
E. coli bacteria can be found in the environment, foods, and people’s and animals’ intestines. The majority of strains are thought to be safe. E. coli can cause diarrhea in some people, while others can cause urinary tract infections, lung disease, pneumonia, and other ailments.