Thirty-nine people are sick, four of them with a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in one of three “mystery” E. coli outbreaks that the CDC is calling E. coli Outbreak Unknown Source 2. All of the people sickened reported eating romaine, spinach, iceberg lettuce, or bagged mixed salad before they developed E. coli infections. About half of them got so sick they needed to be hospitalized.
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Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. Antibiotics and over-the-counter diarrhea medications should not be used to treat E. coli infections as they can increase the risk of developing HUS, which usually affects about 10 percent of E. coli patients.
Eighteen states have reported illnesses. The number of cases reported from each state is: Arizona (2), California (6), Illinois (2), Indiana (1), Kansas (4), Michigan (3), Minnesota (2), Missouri (3), North Dakota (4), Ohio (1), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (1), Utah (1), Washington (1), Wisconsin (2) and Wyoming (1).
Since the last time the CDC updated this investigation on October 28, 2020, 16 more illnesses have been reported. The people sickened, who range in age from 1 to 85 years old, reported the onset of symptoms on dates ranging from August 10, 2020 to October 23, 2020.
This outbreak is one of three ongoing E. coli outbreaks each caused by a distinct E. coli strain. But the strain causing this outbreak and the one causing E. coli Outbreak Unknown Source 1 closely resemble strains associated with previous romaine E. coli outbreaks.
The strain linked to this outbreak also caused an outbreak linked to romaine lettuce in 2019. However, health officials say they don’t yet have enough information to identify the food source of this outbreak.
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