CDC Reports on the Large Increase of Cases Linked to the E. coli O103 Outbreak.
E. coli O103 outbreak
linked to clover sprouts continues to increase in numbers, as of March 19, 2020, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) announced that the number of reported cases increased to a total of 39. A large number of the new cases reported to the CDC were from the state of Utah. The number of reported cases linked to the E. coli outbreak in Utah grew exponentially from 3 to 27. According to the CDC, state and local public health officials are interviewing those affected by the outbreak to try and determine the source of the increased numbers of the outbreak.
In their update of the E. coli O103 outbreak, the CDC announced that the most recent case was reported on March 2, 2020. The latest information provided by the CDC stated 16 of the new 27 reported cases have been interviewed and reported eating sprouts before becoming ill. The CDC has announced that the number of reported cases may still grow in numbers, on average the person can begin experiencing symptoms 3 to 4 weeks after eating the contaminated product. No deaths have been reported as linked to the E. coli outbreak at this time but two cases have required hospitalization.
The Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) identified the same strain of the E. coli O103 in samples of Chicago Indoor Garden products that contain sprouts. An official recall of Chicago Indoor Garden products containing sprouts was issued on March 16, 2020. 24 of the reported cases also admitted to eating sprouts at Jimmy Johns before becoming ill, and the sandwich franchise announced on February 24, 2020, that they would no longer be serving clover sprouts in their restaurants. At the moment the health officials have not issued an explanation or a potential source for the increased number of cases linked to the outbreak.
Both the FDA and CDC are urging consumers who are experiencing symptoms of E. coli such as nausea, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea that at times can be bloody to contact a medical health provider as soon as possible.
National E. coli Lawyer
who is representing people affected by the Jimmy Johns E. coli outbreak, is advising those who are exercising symptoms of E. coli to visit a medical provider and provide a stool sample for lab testing, as it is usually the method used to diagnose an E. coli infection. More severe E. coli infections can lead to
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
(HUS) which can cause renal failure.
For more information on the E. coli Outbreak Linked to Sprouts, to speak to an E. coli Lawyer, or to inquire about an E. coli Lawsuit, call 1-800-335-4901.