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10 Sick in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts

May 23, 2014 — Raw sprouts on sandwiches sold at Jimmy John’s, the Pita Pit, and Daanen’s Deli have been linked to an outbreak of E. coli food poisoning that has sickened 10 people in Washington and Idaho.

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 90% of people who were interviewed reported eating raw clover sprouts sold by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, LLC, of Idaho. Seven illnesses occurred in Washington and three in Idaho.

The strain of E. coli has been identified as Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC 0121). It is not the most common strain, but is known to cause a severe gastrointestinal illness characterized by bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps, nausea, and other symptoms lasting an average of 3-4 days.

Health department officials in Washington and Idaho said that half of people who got sick have been hospitalized. Fortunately, no one has died and no one has developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening type of hemorrhagic kidney failure that is commonly associated with Shiga-toxin producing E. coli infection.

The Washington State Department of Health warns that raw sprouts have been linked to 30 outbreaks of food poisoning since 1996, most involving Salmonella and E. coli. Seeds and beans need warm, moist conditions to sprout and grow. These conditions also promote bacterial growth. It only takes a few hundred cells to cause E. coli infection, an amount that could fit on the tip of a pin. Thorough cooking can kill the bacteria.

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