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Ground Beef Likely Cause of Food Poisoning in Six States

Health officials say it was likely ground beef that has sickened people in six states. Health officials say it was likely ground beef that has sickened people in six states.  |  Photo: FILE

Created: April 12, 2019 04:40 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say ground beef is the likely source of a food poisoning outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in six states.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said no specific brand or source of the meat has been determined yet.
 
The CDC says people can continue to eat ground beef. The meat should be cooked thoroughly to 160 degrees to kill germs.
 
The outbreak started in early March. So far, 109 people have been infected with E. coli O103, an unusual strain of the bacteria. They reported eating ground beef at home and at restaurants. Seventeen people have been hospitalized. No one has died.
 
Half of the cases are in Kentucky. The others are Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

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