The CDC found that minced beef is responsible for over 100 cases of disease.
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The E. coli epidemic of beef was affected by 177 people in 10 states, the CDC announced on Friday – 21 more people than it was announced earlier this week.

Since the beginning of March, 21 of 177 people infected with Escherichia coli O103 have been hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. No deaths reported.

"Two companies are remembering beef products sold in restaurants and institutions because they can be contaminated with E. coli O103," the CDC said on Friday. "The inspectors continue to monitor other sources of ground beef, and more products contaminated with E. coli O103 can be revoked."

This week, K2D Foods recalled about 113,424 kilograms of raw beef and Grant Park Peking recalled about 53,200 kg of minced meat for concern that it could contaminate E. coli O103, according to the Department for Agricultural Service for Food Safety and Inspection.

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Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia have the highest number of cases, with 65, 52, and 41, respectively. Tennessee added 11 more cases Tuesday, and Georgia added eight more cases.

Other affected countries have fewer cases, with a report in Ohio 10; Florida three; Virginia two; Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Mississippi reported one case.

"States are investigating additional diseases that could be part of this phenomenon," said CDC.

Those who were bitter reported that they were eating beef at home and in restaurants. At this point, CDC does not recommend that consumers avoid eating beef. But the agency emphasizes that consumers and restaurants safely grasp the beef and cook it thoroughly to avoid any illness.

E. coli infections usually occur three to four days after consuming a germ, CDC says. Severe bumps in the stomach, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting can result in five to seven days.

In severe cases, patients may receive haemolytic uraemic syndrome, a type of renal failure. However, cases of renal insufficiency have not been reported with regard to this phenomenon, officials say.

More about the outbreak:

April 24: More than 56 tons of ground beef is recalled of the E. coli epidemic, which now covers 10 states

April 25: The woman claims that E. coli caused damage to the kidneys, attacks in the first 56-ton meat pulling suit

Collaboration: Mike Snyder

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