Extra Sick From E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Wendy’s Restaurant Lettuce

By Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Aug 26, 2022 (HealthDay Information) – – A complete of 84 individuals throughout 4 states have now been made in poor health by E. coli, in an outbreak presumably tied to contaminated lettuce utilized in sandwiches bought at Wendy’s eating places.

“Because the final replace on August 19, 2022, 47 extra diseases have been reported to CDC,” the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention stated in an up to date assertion launched Thursday. That features 53 circumstances in Michigan, 23 circumstances in Ohio, 6 in Indiana and a pair of in Pennsylvania.

Diseases from an infection with the gastrointestinal bacterium have typically been extreme.

“Thirty-eight individuals have been hospitalized, together with 8 individuals in Michigan who’ve a sort of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome,” the CDC stated, though “no deaths have been reported.”

The precise supply of the outbreak has not been formally confirmed, however the CDC stated that in 84% of circumstances individuals reported consuming at Wendy’s earlier than they turned in poor health.

“Of 17 individuals with detailed details about what they ate at Wendy’s, 15 (88%) reported consuming romaine lettuce served on burgers and sandwiches,” the company famous.

On Aug. 19, Wendy’s introduced that it had eliminated romaine lettuce from its sandwiches in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“Wendy’s is taking the precautionary measure of eradicating the romaine lettuce being utilized in sandwiches from eating places in that area,” the CDC stated. “Investigators are working to verify whether or not romaine lettuce is the supply of this outbreak, and whether or not romaine lettuce utilized in Wendy’s sandwiches was served or bought at different companies.”

Romaine lettuce bought in grocery shops doesn’t look like affected, the CDC stated, and folks can nonetheless eat at Wendy’s and eat the romaine lettuce within the salads it sells. Wendy’s defined in an announcement that the lettuce utilized in its salads isn’t the identical as that utilized in its sandwiches.

“We’re totally cooperating with public well being authorities on their ongoing investigation of the regional E. coli outbreak reported in sure midwestern states,” the corporate stated. “Whereas the CDC has not but confirmed a particular meals because the supply of that outbreak, we’re taking the precaution of discarding and changing the sandwich lettuce at some eating places in that area.”

Most individuals with an E. coli an infection “begin feeling sick 3 to 4 days after consuming or consuming one thing that accommodates the micro organism,” the CDC stated. “Nevertheless, diseases can begin anyplace from 1 to 10 days after publicity.” Diseases sometimes final from 5 to 7 days.

What to Do:

  • Look ahead to signs of extreme E. coli, which embody diarrhea lasting greater than three days or diarrhea accompanied by a fever increased than 102˚F, bloody diarrhea, vomiting and a scarcity of urination.
  • Should you undergo from these signs, name your physician instantly.
  • Preserve observe of what and the place you ate within the week earlier than you bought sick and report it to your native or state well being division.

Extra info

For extra on the outbreak, head to the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

SOURCES: U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, information launch, Aug. 25, 2022; Wendy’s, assertion, Aug. 19, 2022

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