Wendy’s Clients Get Sick, CDC Investigates E.coli Outbreak in Four States


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Aug 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is investigating an outbreak of E.coli bacteria in four states from an unknown food source, with many of those affected reportedly having sandwiches at Wendy’s Co. (WE NO).

Of the 37 sick, 22 are said to have eaten Wendy’s romaine lettuce sandwiches in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania in the week before they became sick, the agency said Friday.

However, the researchers have yet to confirm whether romaine lettuce is the cause and also whether the vegetable used in Wendy’s sandwiches has been served or sold at other companies.

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The burger chain says it is removing sandwich lettuce from its restaurants in the region as a precaution. Nearly 1,100 of Wendy’s approximately 5,940 U.S. restaurants are located in the four states.

The illness started between July 26 and August 8 and a total of 10 people have been hospitalized, three of whom in Michigan have developed some form of kidney failure.

E.coli bacteria normally live in the gut of healthy people and animals. While many strains are harmless, certain strains can cause severe abdominal cramping, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

The CDC said the exact number of people affected is likely higher and the outbreak may not be confined to the four states.

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Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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