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Wendy’s E.coli Outbreak SPREADS To New York And Kentucky After More Than 100 Sick

The E.Coli outbreak has spread to New York and Kentucky after it was previously reported in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania

Wendy’s E.coli Outbreak SPREADS To New York And Kentucky After More Than 100 Left Sick In Midwest Due To Lettuce

  • The E.Coli outbreak has spread to New York and Kentucky after it was previously reported in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania
  • At least 97 people have been reported sick, but the CDC says the number is likely higher and other states may be affected
  • The outbreak has left 42 people hospitalized and 10 with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication that can lead to kidney failure
  • Eight out of 10 affected reported eating romaine lettuce sandwiches at Wendy’s Midwestern locations

An E. coli outbreak first reported to spread across the country in August has now reached New York and Kentucky, the CDC revealed.

The sudden spread is believed to have originated in a Midwest Wendy’s, with cases previously reported in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. New York and Kentucky joined the list Friday, reporting one case each.

The CDC noted that the number of cases linked to the outbreak likely exceeds the official number of 97, and may not be limited to the six reported states.

According to the agency’s official calculations, Michigan has seen the most cases with 58.

A specific source for the outbreak has yet to be confirmed, but the majority of people affected by E. coli-related illness reported eating romaine lettuce sandwiches at Wendy’s locations in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Of the 67 people who gave health officials detailed food histories, 81 percent reported eating at a Wendy’s restaurant in the week before their illness started, the CDC said.

The E.Coli outbreak has spread to New York and Kentucky after it was previously reported in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania

The E.Coli outbreak has spread to New York and Kentucky after it was previously reported in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania

Eight out of 10 affected reported eating romaine lettuce sandwiches at Wendy's Midwestern locations

Eight out of 10 affected reported eating romaine lettuce sandwiches at Wendy’s Midwestern locations

Wendy’s has since become the subject of a nationwide public health inquiry, saying last month it was cooperating fully with public health authorities and would be removing lettuce from several restaurants in the affected regions, as well as some in other states, including New York.

“We are fully cooperating with public health authorities in their ongoing investigation into the regional E. coli outbreak,” the hamburger chain told Reuters in an email.

“The lettuce we use in our salads is different and will not be affected by this action,” the company said.

However, the CDC does not advise against eating at Wendy’s restaurants or asking people to avoid romaine lettuce, as the exact cause of the outbreak has yet to be confirmed.

While many strains of E.coli are found in the gut of healthy people and animals and are harmless, certain types can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

There is no cure for the disease, and while most people’s immune systems will beat the bacteria over time, the CDC recommended that people with severe cases see a doctor.

The CDC said the current outbreak has hospitalized 42 people and left 10 with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication that can lead to kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

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