CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - An E. coli outbreak in portions of the United States has spread to Ohio, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The preliminary investigation, which was issued on Tuesday, shows that ground beef eaten at home and in restaurants is likely the source of the outbreak that is impacting 10 states.
A total of 156 people have reported E. coli infections since the illnesses started on March 1, including 20 hospitalizations.
Eight Ohio residents have reported E. coli infections. Kentucky has the most reported cases with 65 infections.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of an E. coli infection include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, high fever, and even death. Most symptoms show three to four days after eating the E. coli bacteria.
As of Tuesday, a common source of the infected ground beef has not been determined.
The CDC says it is still safe to eat ground beef as long as proper food handling and cooking procedures are followed.