Three people in Brunswick, Georgia have been diagnosed with the same strain of E. Coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria. The particular strain is potentially deadly, and has one person fighting for his life in a Savannah hospital. His kidneys shut down as a result of the bacteria, but have since regained function. He is still in a coma as a result of swelling in his brain.
Health officials in Georgia are still waiting for test results to confirm whether three E. Coli cases came from the same source.
According to the CDC:
Escherichia coli O157:H7 is a leading cause of foodborne illness. Based on a 1999 estimate, 73,000 cases of infection and 61 deaths occur in the United States each year. Infection with E. coli often leads to bloody diarrhea, and occasionally to kidney failure.
There have already been two nationwide recalls of contaminated food products made in Georgia this year. ConAgra recalled all peanut butter made at its Sylvester, Georgia plant in February due to Salmonella contamination, and Castleberry Food Co. recalled hot dog chili sauce and other products made at its Augusta, Georgia plant due to botulism contamination in July.
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