Burger Alert: Nationwide Recall of Almost 2 Million Pounds of Beef

Dr. Richard Besser on what makes this contaminated beef so dangerous.
1:38 | 05/19/14

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Transcript for Burger Alert: Nationwide Recall of Almost 2 Million Pounds of Beef
Big headline about the hamburgers. We all by at restaurants across America. Tonight a major recall one point eight million pounds of ground beef because of E. Coli. ABC's chief medical editor doctor Richard vests -- on what you should do the next time you order the burger. And. The strain of E. Coli that worries health experts the most in tonight -- believed to -- -- ground beef in restaurants across the nation beyond making you sick to your stomach. This is an infection that can be followed with an illness characterized by bleeding and kidney failure. That can be fatal tonight those one point eight million pounds of the beef recalled all of it from Wolverine packing company in Detroit. So far eleven people have been sickened across four states the biggest threat on the menu hamburgers. That's because Americans often -- the medium rare and rare. Not cooked through sufficiently to kill E. Coli on the inside of the burger. With -- E. -- lives on the -- side. Very likely killed off when it's cooked each year roughly 95000. Americans are sickened with this strain of E. Coli. It was also responsible for some of the most notorious outbreaks including Jack in the Box back in the 1990s. Sickening more than 700 people killing four children. I spoke to the CDC tonight he said he can take you up to ten days to get sick after eating something contaminated with a strained. So the numbers could rise to the best advice right now. Is it never -- your burger real anything but well done even medium is is not enough even medium. It's just not worth -- I don't take the chance are saying tonight thank you rich.

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