Investigators with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday identified 13 new cases in a multistate E. coli outbreak found among people who consumed romaine lettuce on burgers and sandwiches at the Wendy’s fast food restaurant chain. said.
CDC data show that the outbreak has spread to two new states, as Kentucky and New York reported their first cases. The four other states with confirmed cases include Michigan with 54 cases, Ohio with 24 cases, Indiana with 11 cases and Pennsylvania with 2, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 97 as of Wednesday. I have this disease.
Of the 81 people for whom information was available to health authorities, 43 were hospitalized and 10 developed more serious conditions related to kidney failure, but no deaths were recorded.
Ebone Colbert told ABC affiliate WXYZ that she was hospitalized for 12 days after eating a cheeseburger at Wendy’s restaurant in Farmington, Michigan, in late July. Colbert said she had bloody diarrhea and she was immediately contacted by her doctor and directed to go to the ER.
WXYZ reports that Colbert is now suing not only the restaurant chain, but also its supplier, the John Doe Corporation.
Last month, Wendy’s said it was already taking steps to remove romaine lettuce from several restaurants in the Midwest, issuing a statement addressing a CDC report that the company named may be linked to the outbreak. Did.
“We are cooperating fully with public health officials regarding their ongoing investigation into a local E. coli outbreak reported in certain Midwestern states,” the August 19 statement said. . “The CDC has not yet confirmed a specific food as the cause of the outbreak, but some restaurants in the area have taken precautionary measures to remove lettuce sandwiches.”
The CDC on Thursday said it was still working to determine the cause of the outbreak.
The first case was reported on 26 July and the latest case was recorded on 15 August. However, the CDC warns that cases may be undercounted because many people recover before being tested for E. coli and he takes three to four weeks to make an assessment. As to whether anyone got infected as part of this E. coli outbreak.
Investigators recorded the patient’s dietary history. Of the 67 patients who provided detailed assessments of what they ate in the week before they developed the disease, 81% said they ate at Wendy’s restaurants. 69% said they ate romaine with a burger or sandwich.