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CDC Investigating “Fast-Moving” E. coli Outbreak in Ohio and Michigan

CDC Investigating “Fast-Moving” E. coli Outbreak in Ohio and Michigan

UPDATE: This outbreak has been linked to Wendy’s sandwiches with romaine lettuce.

August 19, 2022 — Dozens of people in Ohio and Michigan have been infected in a “fast-moving outbreak” of E. coli from an unknown source, according to health officials.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it is investigating the outbreak along with health officials in Michigan and Ohio.

So far, officials have confirmed that 29 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli, with 15 in Michigan and 14 in Ohio. Nine people have been hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

The first illnesses were reported in late July. The number of illnesses has increased dramatically in the past few weeks.

In Michigan alone, there were 98 reports of E. coli infection in August and some of the cases have been linked together.

According to the CDC:

“The true number of sick people in this outbreak is likely higher than the number reported by CDC. Michigan and Ohio have both reported large increases in the number of coli infections in their states.”

People who are infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) typically develop symptoms like severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting for 5 to 7 days.

In some cases, the infection causes a life-threatening type of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) or other serious complications.

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