Late last month, panic ensued following reports that an E. coli outbreak was rapidly spreading across Ohio and Michigan, initially sickening 30 people; a few weeks later, and not only has the number increased, but Wendy’s appears to be to blame. According to an updated report from the CDC, an additional 13 cases of E. coli have been identified, bringing the new total to nearly 100 and it all goes back to the popular fast-food chain Wendy’s.
Unfortunately, for those who were hoping the recent E. coli outbreak had slowed down, they are in for some disappointing news. @HuffPost reports that the CDC recently announced that it has identified 13 more cases from the E. coli outbreak that began last month in Ohio and Michigan, and quickly spread to Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky and New York. During its investigation, the CDC traced the outbreak to fast-food chain Wendy’s, as it was determined that those who ate romaine lettuce in the company’s burgers and sandwiches became ill.
New data reveals that while New York and Kentucky reported their first cases, four additional states saw their E. coli infection numbers rise, as Michigan has 54 sick people, Ohio has 24, Indiana with 11 and Pennsylvania with two cases. This brings the new total to 97 people who have gotten sick from the E. coli outbreak in the last two weeks. Of that total, 43 were hospitalized and another 10 developed much more severe symptoms possibly related to kidney failure. So far, no deaths have been reported as a result of the outbreak.
Wendy’s previously released a statement regarding the E. coli outbreak confirming its full cooperation with the CDC. “We are fully cooperating with public health authorities in their ongoing investigation of the regional outbreak of E. coli reported in certain Midwestern states.”
The company continued, adding, “While the CDC has not yet confirmed a specific food as the source of that outbreak, we have taken the precaution of removing the lettuce sandwich from some restaurants in that region.”