Wendy’s restaurants are now linked to reported E. coli outbreaks in six states, with 97 people infected. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in Thursday’s update.
Of the 67 people for whom local public health officials had detailed dietary histories, 81% reported eating at Wendy’s restaurant in the week before the illness began.
No deaths have been reported, but 43 people were hospitalized and 10 became sick, according to the CDC. Hemolytic-uremic syndromea serious condition that can lead to kidney failure.
“The actual number of sick people in this outbreak is likely higher than reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to states with known illness,” the update said. “Additionally, some people have recovered without medical care and have not been tested for E. coli.”
So far, no specific food has been identified as the cause of the outbreak, according to the CDC.late AugustBut Wendy’s has removed romaine lettuce from its sandwiches at restaurants in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to the CDC.
The CDC is not advising people to avoid Wendy’s, and the agency says there is no evidence that romaine lettuce sold at grocery stores or served at other restaurants is linked to the current outbreak. I point out that it is not.
According to the CDC, people with E. coli symptoms such as diarrhea, fever over 102°F, severe vomiting, and dehydration should contact their healthcare provider immediately. They are also encouraged to write down what they ate in the previous week and report their illness to their doctor. local or state health department.
every year, About 1 in 6 Americans gets food poisoningAbout 3,000 people have died from at least 31 known and other unidentified pathogens, according to the CDC.