The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating an outbreak of E. Coli across multiple states after more than a dozen people have become ill.
Currently, there are 16 cases, 9 hospitalizations, and 1 death related to the current outbreak, according to the CDC.
The affected states include Arkansas, New York, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Washington state, Delish reports.
The outbreak is still under investigation, and authorities have been unable to link the outbreak to any particular food source. Currently, no recalls have been issued.
To avoid getting sick from E. coli, the CDC recommends washing your hands, utensils, and surfaces often. The agency is also recommending washing fruits and vegetables before eating.
Raw foods should be kept separately from raw meat, poultry, or seafood. Be sure to use a food thermometer to make sure all food as been cooked to a high enough temperature to kill germs.
Lastly, the CDC is recommending people to refridgerate all foods that spoil quickly. Foods should be thawed in the refrigerator, not on the counter.
The CDC is advising anyone who experiences the following symptoms to contact their health provider right away: A fever higher than 102° F, diarrhea for more than 3 days, vomiting, signs of dehydration, dry mouth, and dizziness.
If you do begin experiencing any symptoms of the illness, you should write down any foods you have eaten in the past week and report your illness to a local or state health agency.
Visit the CDC’s Investigation Notice of the outbreak for more safety and prevention information.