43 E. coli cases in Michigan, many hospitalized, as outbreak spreads

The state health department said Friday that Michigan has 43 cases of the E. coli strain being investigated in four states, with more than half of Michigan’s patients hospitalized.

The health department said more than 55% of people who fell ill reported eating at Wendy’s restaurant locations.

One specific food item has not yet been identified as the source of the disease, but investigations are focusing on sandwiches topped with romaine lettuce.

“There are currently no recommendations to avoid eating at Wendy’s, while the restaurant works with local public health departments to remove potentially implicated products,” the state health department said in a news release.

Where is the E. coli outbreak?

As of Friday, Michigan had 108 cases of E. coli, of which 43 were confirmed to be E. coli O157, the strain being investigated in outbreaks in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana, state health spokeswoman Chelsea Wuth said. Department.

She said that whole genome sequencing has been done in 43 of the Michigan cases.

State and federal health officials said there had been no deaths.

An Ohio woman sued Wendy’s for her illness on Friday, which she said had to be hospitalized for eight days after eating at Wendy’s on August 1.

Local, state and federal health officials are working to determine the source of the illness.

The CDC said Wendy’s is taking “precautionary measures” to remove the romaine lettuce used in sandwiches from restaurants in the region and that it uses a different type of romaine lettuce for salads.

It said Wendy’s is cooperating fully with the investigation.

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