02/16/2012 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley
Washington, D.C. — An outbreak of E. coli O26 has been linked to raw clover sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants, which has infected a total of 12 people at this time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that outbreak has affected five states, including Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Wisconsin.
Two people have been hospitalized as a result of the outbreak of STEC O26, and no deaths have occurred.
The FDA’s investigation has showed that eating raw clover sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants is the likely cause of the outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli serogroup O26 (STEC O26).
The CDC reported, “People usually get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) 2-8 days (average of 3-4 days) after swallowing the organism. Most people infected with STEC O26 develop diarrhea (usually watery but sometimes bloody) and abdominal cramps. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe.”
The FDA’s investigation is ongoing.
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