CDC: E. coli sickens 97 people in 6 states; most ate lettuce at a Wendy’s.

It has been discovered that an E. coli outbreak possibly linked to romaine lettuce at Wendy’s restaurants has spread to six states and affected nearly 100 people.  

The CDC reported on Thursday that 97 illnesses and 43 hospitalizations have been reported in six states: Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and New York. Michigan and Ohio have the most reported illnesses.  

There is no indication as to what caused the outbreak, but many sick people reported eating sandwiches with romaine lettuce at Wendy’s restaurants in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Mysterious E. coli outbreak is expanding, CDC says [CBS evening news]

CDC is not advising people to avoid eating at Wendy’s restaurants or to stop eating romaine lettuce.

  • Wendy’s has taken the precautionary measure of removing the romaine lettuce being used in sandwiches from restaurants in this region.
  • At this time, there is no evidence to indicate that romaine lettuce sold in grocery stores, served in other restaurants, or in people’s homes is linked to this outbreak.
  • CDC will update this advice if the investigation identifies foods to avoid.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these severe E. coli symptoms:

  • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
  • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
  • Signs of dehydration, such as:
    • Not peeing much
    • Dry mouth and throat
    • Feeling dizzy when standing up

If you have E. coli symptoms, help public health officials solve this outbreak:

  • Write down what you ate in the week before you got sick.
  • Report your illness to your local or state health department.
  • Answer public health officials’ questions about your illness.

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