NEW YORK (AP) A wave of E.coli cases has surpassed the number recorded in March, prompting health officials to warn that the country’s new epidemic could be worse than last year’s, and the CDC to warn of a possible “tipping point” for the virus.
The outbreak of infections that began in early December has so far reached 1.5 million people in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Thursday.
The agency said Thursday that an additional 562,000 cases have been reported since the start of the outbreak in December, with the state of California, home to more than 2 million people, now the third-largest state with the highest number of cases.
The number of new cases has increased each day, with more than 6,000 people confirmed so far this week.
The increase in cases is the highest since February and follows a sharp drop in the last three months, which was also attributed to the cold snap.
The new numbers reflect a spike in infections in the Midwest and Southwest states, which have been experiencing a spike as temperatures drop.
The latest CDC numbers are consistent with other data showing a rise in infections across the country since the beginning of the year.
New infections are up 7% in the first nine days of this week, and are now at a peak of more than 4,000 per day.
The CDC said Thursday it is urging people in New York City and Washington, D.C., to use masks, wear protective clothing and stay indoors.
“We’ve seen some spikes in E. coli cases over the last week,” said Dr. David Jaffe, the CDC’s director of public health.
“So it’s not a matter of if, it’s when, and we need to get out of here.”
A person who has been hospitalized with E. coli is considered to be potentially sick, meaning the infection is spread to others.
It’s not clear yet how widespread the outbreak is.
The virus is transmitted through close contact and can cause mild to moderate symptoms, including fever, cough and sore throat.
The U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Control and U.K. Office of National Statistics said this week that more than 9,000 deaths have been linked to E.
Coli in the U.N. refugee camp in the Turkish border province of Adana.
Coli is spread through direct contact with droplets from infected faeces.
Symptoms typically begin with fever and body aches, but the virus can lead to severe diarrhea, abdominal pain and bleeding.
It can cause severe infection in some people, and it can also cause severe brain damage in others.
People with weakened immune systems can become susceptible to the virus if they are exposed to it in utero or while pregnant.
The Centers for Prevention and Control recommends people avoid contact with people who are infected with E-Coli.
The disease is spread by direct contact of the air with the body, water, soil or mucous membranes.
The infection is caused by bacteria that are usually harmless to humans.