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This computer illustration shows the E. coli bacteria in blood. An outbreak in Michigan and Ohio is under investigation as health officials try to pinpoint the source.

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This computer illustration shows the E. coli bacteria in blood. An outbreak in Michigan and Ohio is under investigation as health officials try to pinpoint the source.

Kateryna Kon/Getty Images/Science Photo Libra

At least 29 people got sick during a fast-moving E coli outbreak in Michigan and Ohio, while the source of the outbreak is still unknown.

Of the confirmed cases 15 are in Michigan and 14 are in Ohio. No deaths have been reported from the outbreak, but at least nine people have been hospitalized.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said those numbers are likely understated and that “the actual number of people sick in this outbreak is likely higher.”

The CDC is asking for help finding the source of the outbreak. If you suffer from E coli symptoms, you should write down everything you ate in the week before you became ill and report your illness to your local health department.

This outbreak is bigger than the usual summer upswing

Symptoms of E. coli sillness varies from person to person but often includes severe stomach cramps, diarrhea that is often bloody, vomiting and fever. These symptoms usually begin within three to four days after the bacteria is ingested, the CDC said, and most people recover within a week without treatment.

While the source of the current outbreak is unknown, some cases have been linked through lab tests and results, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Michigan has seen a jump in E. coli infections compared to the same time last year. At least 98 cases were registered in August, compared to 20 cases in the same period last year.

“While reports of E. coli disease tend to increase during the warmer summer months, this significant increase in the number of cases is alarming,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, medical director of MDHHS, in a statement. “This is a reminder to make sure you follow best practices when it comes to hand hygiene and food handling to prevent these types of foodborne illness.”

The CDC offers tips to prevent E. coli infections

To help prevent E coli infections, the CDC recommends keeping things clean. This includes washing your hands often, washing surfaces and utensils, and rinsing products before eating or preparing them.

Separating things like raw meat from uncooked foods also helps reduce the chance of contamination.

Temperature is also important. Making sure your meat is cooked to a high enough temperature kills germs, according to the CDC. Keeping perishable food refrigerated or making sure it’s back in the fridge within two hours is also a good prevention practice.

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