October 5, 2022

CDC investigates outbreaks of E. coli in 4 states after Wendy's clients fell ill: NPR

CDC investigates outbreaks of E. coli in 4 states after Wendy’s clients fell ill: NPR

A sign is seen at the entrance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on April 23, 2020. The CDC said it is investigating coli bacteria In four states, it has infected at least 37 people.

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A sign is seen at the entrance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on April 23, 2020. The CDC said it is investigating coli bacteria In four states, it has infected at least 37 people.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that it is investigating in coli bacteria the outbreak In four states, it has infected at least 37 people and hospitalized 10.

The Health Protection Agency said the source of the outbreak has not been identified but said many patients reported eating sandwiches with romaine lettuce at Wendy’s restaurants in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania before they fell ill.

So far, 19 people have reported contracting the disease in Ohio, 15 in Michigan, two in Pennsylvania and one in Indiana, but the CDC said the true number is likely higher. No deaths associated with the outbreak have been reported.

Wendy said in the current situation This is “fully cooperating with public health authorities in their ongoing investigation” and was removing romaine lettuce from sandwiches in the area as a precaution. The CDC said it was still working to confirm whether lettuce was the cause. Wendy’s added that the romaine lettuce used in salads is different from the lettuce in sandwiches.

The CDC said there was no evidence that romaine lettuce from restaurants or other grocery stores was linked to the outbreak and did not advise people to stop eating at Wendy’s.

Diseases were reported from July 26 to August 8, patients ranged in age from 6 to 91 years. Of the 10 hospitalized, three developed some type of kidney failure, according to the CDC.

There are approximately 1,100 Wendy’s restaurants in the four states, according to Reuters.