The romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak has grown to include 102 illnesses in 23 states. Fifty-eight people have been hospitalized, 10 of them with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a form of kidney failure that is a complication of some E. coli infections.
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Since the last update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on November 26, the outbreak has grown to include 35 more cases in four more states. Wisconsin remains hardest hit by the outbreak with almost a third of the total number of cases occurring in that state.
The number of illnesses reported from each state is as follows: Arizona (3), California (4), Colorado (6), Florida (1), Idaho (3), Illinois (1), Iowa (1), Maryland (4), Michigan (1), Minnesota (3), Montana (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (7), New Mexico (2), North Carolina (1), Ohio (12), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (8), South Dakota (1), Texas (4), Virginia (4), Washington (2), and Wisconsin (31).
The people sickened in this outbreak, who range in age from less than 1 year to 89 years old, reported onset of illness dates ranging from September 24, 2019 to November 18, 2019.
Outbreak investigators have determined that the lettuce responsible for this outbreak was grown in Salinas, CA and are warning consumers not to eat romaine lettuce grown in that area. One recall has been issued. Missa Bay recalled pre-packaged romaine salads containing meat and chicken after illnesses in Maryland were linked to Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Caesar Chicken Salads sold at Sam’s Club stores and the outbreak strain was found in an unopened package.
The E. coli lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have represented clients in every major E. coli outbreak in the last 20 years. Our clients from this outbreak include a teenager who developed HUS. If you would like to request a free consultation with our E. coli Team, call us at 1-888-377-8900, text us at 612-261-0856 or, fill out the form below.