Outbreak of E. Coli in Southern States
11 confirmed cases
- Duration 2:13
- Date Jun 8, 2012
11 confirmed cases
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So far they don't have any clue as to exactly where this might come from an uptight -- Greg this is the sort of thing that really sets parents on edge.
Particularly in the summer when there's a lot of ground beef going on the barbecue there's a lot of -- vegetables being put down in front of people.
And it's taken on a new sense of urgency after -- 21 month old girl in New Orleans.
Died last Thursday after contracting this.
Deadly strain of E.
Coli causes of the gulf he analytic your remake syndrome.
It attacks the kidneys and attack the body's nerves everything just shuts down in this -- young girl died what we know so far.
There were eleven confirmed cases all from the same strain let's put the map up so you could we could tell you where they are.
Three cases in Louisiana including that young girl who died two would Alabama won in Florida and five of them in Georgia all clustered in county surrounding Atlanta Atlanta.
Which of course is the home for the Centers for Disease Control.
Centers for Disease Control is investigating the air -- they are interviewing.
Patients and they tell us that there are an additional two cases.
In two other states the other states so far have declined to be named we hope to find out later on today what those are.
Now we're all familiar with E.
Coli 0157 H seven.
That is not the strain of bacteria that is causing these illnesses it's a different strain.
Doctor Patrick -- from the Georgia department of public health talked it was about that areas.
This is an E.
Coli O 145 type of bacteria.
My laboratory has identified -- they've actually fingerprinted and -- looked dead and her molecular and genetic standpoint.
And we know that this comes from a a single source we don't know where we've not been able to identify -- particular suit glory environmental exposure.
They do believe though that is probably coming from food the typical culprit is ground beef but -- also been E.
Coli outbreaks associated with bean sprouts lettuce.
And spinach in the past the important thing to do Greg particularly when you're cooking during the summer.
Make sure that the ground beef is cooked all the way through no weakness in the -- break it open if you have to if you're going to -- -- to a young -- make sure it's -- 160 degrees in the center also washing vegetables very well and make sure you keep your counters clean when -- preparing -- -- and nothing wrong with over cooking.
-- well well well done hamburger China thanks very much.