According to foreign media reports,The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned the public that a new severe E.coli outbreak has not been linked to any specific food or water source.The agency said the outbreak resulted in serious illness, hospitalization and even one death. This type of case occurred in several states of the United States.
The CDC said that as of February 2, 16 cases related to the outbreak had been reported in five states, including New York, Washington, Virginia, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Of the 16 patients, 12 provided available data. Of the 12 patients, 9 were hospitalized and 3 had renal failure. One case in Washington led to one death.
Although state and federal officials are investigating the outbreak, no common link has been found between cases that point to the source. In its latest update, the CDC said it was learning what patients had eaten in the week before they developed symptoms.
The agency said the E. coli strain behind the outbreak had caused infection before and was related to "all kinds of contaminated food and water". However, whether Lactuca sativa is behind the outbreak has yet to be determined.
At present, the CDC of the United States is reminding the public of the symptoms of E. coli, including fever, dehydration, massive vomiting and diarrhea.