Wendy’s restaurant on the northeast corner of Jamaica Avenue and Queens Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens near Briarwood and Richmond Hill, April 2022. Source: Tdorante10, CC SA 4.0.
As of August 31, 2022, a total of 97 people have been infected with the outbreak strain coli O157:H7 has been reported from six states.
On September 1, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published E. coli study update. One thing stands out: “A specific food has not yet been confirmed as the source of this outbreak, but many sufferers have reported eating hamburgers and romaine lettuce sandwiches at Wendy’s restaurants before getting sick.”
News CTV Canada reports that of 67 people for whom local public health officials have a detailed eating history, 81 percent of them report having eaten at a Wendy’s restaurant in the week prior to the onset of illness, according to the CDC.
While no deaths have been reported, the CDC reports that 43 people were hospitalized and 10 developed the disease. hemolytic uremic syndromea serious condition that can cause kidney failure.
“The true number of sick people in this outbreak is likely higher than reported and the outbreak may not be limited to states with known diseases,” the update says. “Also, some people recover without medical attention and don’t get tested for E. coli.”
Wendy’s has removed romaine lettuce, which was used in sandwiches at its restaurants in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to the CDC. CNN News.
Same way CDC advises against that people are avoiding Wendy’s, and the agency notes that there is no evidence that romaine lettuce, sold in grocery stores or served at other restaurants, is linked to the current outbreak.
Those with E. coli symptoms such as diarrhea and fever above 102°F, severe vomiting, or signs of dehydration should call their healthcare provider right away, according to the CDC. They are also encouraged to write down what they ate the week before and report their illness to their doctor. local or state health department.