The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it’s investigating an outbreak of E. coli in 12 states potentially linked to cake mix.
In a statement released last week, the CDC said reports of 16 people infected with E. coli have been filed as part of the outbreak. Seven people have been hospitalized, and one person developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
So far, no deaths have been reported, the agency said.
The CDC said eight people were interviewed about what foods they ate prior to getting sick, and six of them reported eating or tasting raw batter made using a cake mix. The agency said several brands and varieties of cake mix were bought but didn’t identify which brands.
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The agency advises people not to eat raw cookie batter and follow safe food handling practices when cooking or baking.
Symptoms of E. coli include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting, the CDC says. Some people can also develop a fever. Most people get better within five to seven days, says the agency.
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