Attorney Fred Pritzker and his E. coli litigation team are investigating an E. coli food poisoning outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts served on Jimmy Johns sandwiches in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Ohio and Wisconsin. To contact our law firm for a free consultation, call 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or submit our free consultation form.
Nine Michigan residents have laboratory confirmed cases of the outbreak strain of E. coli O26. This number is up from February 24, when the Michigan Department of Health reported 7 cases, 2 laboratory confirmed and 5 suspected.
- CDC has reports of 25 people from 8 states being infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O26.
- The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Iowa (5), Kansas (2), Michigan (9), Missouri (3), Ohio (3), and Wisconsin (1).
- Six ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
- Results of the epidemiological and traceback investigations indicate eating raw clover sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants is the likely cause of this outbreak.
The 11 new ill persons (up from 14 reported on February 24) have been reported from Alabama, Michigan, and Ohio. Of the 24 ill persons with available information, 21 (87%) reported consuming sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants in the 7 days preceding illness.Among these 24 ill persons, illness onset dates ranged from December 25, 2011 to February 15, 2012. Ill persons range in age from 9 years to 53 years old, with a median age of 26 years. Eighty-eight percent of ill persons are female. Among the 24 ill persons, 6 (25%) were hospitalized. None have developed HUS, and no deaths have been reported. Illnesses that occurred after February 19, 2012, might not be reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported.