health day reporter
FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A total of 97 people in six states have now been infected with E. coli in an outbreak that may be linked to contaminated lettuce used in sandwiches sold at Wendy’s.
“Since the last update on August 25, 2022, 13 additional illnesses have been reported to the CDC,” the CDC said in an updated statement released Thursday. Two states — Kentucky and New York ( 1 each) – now added to the list of states reporting cases, which also includes Michigan (58), Ohio (24), Indiana (11) and Pennsylvania (2).
Illness from bacterial infections in the gastrointestinal tract is often severe.
“Of the 81 people for which information was available, 43 were hospitalized and 10 developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a kidney failed,” the CDC said, although “no deaths were reported. “
The exact source of the outbreak has yet to be officially confirmed, but the CDC said that of the 67 cases where investigators asked people what they ate in the week before they got sick, 81% reported that they had eaten at Wendy’s. .
“Out of 54, 37 [69%] Eating romaine lettuce on burgers and sandwiches has been reported,” the agency noted.
On August 19, Wendy’s announced that it had removed lettuce from sandwiches in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
“Wendy’s is taking precautions to remove romaine lettuce used for sandwiches from restaurants in the area,” the CDC said at the time. “Investigators are working to determine whether romaine lettuce was the source of this outbreak, and whether the warm Whether the romaine lettuce used in Dee’s sandwich is being supplied or sold at other businesses.”
The CDC said lettuce sold in grocery stores does not appear to be affected, and people can still eat at Wendy’s and eat lettuce in the salads it sells. Wendy explained in a statement that the lettuce used in the salad is different from the lettuce used in its sandwiches.
“We are fully cooperating with public health authorities who are investigating a regional E. coli outbreak reported in certain Midwestern states,” the company said at the time. “While the CDC has not identified a specific food as the source of this outbreak. , but we are taking precautions to discard and replace sandwich lettuce at some restaurants in the area.”
Most people infected with E. coli “begin to feel sick 3 to 4 days after eating or drinking anything that contains the bacteria,” the CDC said. “However, the illness can start anywhere from 1 to 10 days after exposure.” The illness usually lasts 5 to 7 days.
What should I do:
- Watch out for symptoms of severe E. coli, including diarrhea lasting more than 3 days or diarrhea with fever above 102°F, bloody diarrhea, Vomit and insufficient urination.
- If you develop these symptoms, call your doctor right away.
- Track what and where you ate in the week before you got sick and report it to your local or state health department.
For more information on the outbreak, go to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, press release, August 25, 2022; Wendy’s statement, August 19, 2022