4 U.S. Residents Sickened by European E. coli Outbreak

The growing E. coli outbreak in Europe, which has sickened more than 2,200 people and killed 22 in Europe, is now to blame for four cases in Americans. The most recent case is a Michigan resident who was recently traveling in Northern Germany.

While the outbreak had been linked to tainted organic sprouts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who is closely monitoring the situation, no cause of the outbreak has yet been confirmed. The CDC recommends that anyone traveling to Germany should avoid eating raw lettuce, tomatoes or cucumbers. For those worried about food safety here in the United States, the CDC reports that "United States public health authorities currently have no information that any of these foods have been shipped from Europe to the United States."

No matter if you're traveling to Germany or not, be sure to stay safe this summer by following these food-safety tips!

Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.

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