The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that people in six states are now getting sick from food that came from Wendy’s restaurants.
In recent weeks, people in Kentucky and New York have gotten sick, the public health agency said in a Thursday update. An outbreak strain of E. coli is thought to be linked to bad lettuce at a popular burger chain, which has made 97 people sick across the country.
The CDC had previously heard about cases in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
The agency’s website says, “A specific food has not been confirmed to be the cause of this outbreak, but many sick people said they ate burgers and sandwiches with romaine lettuce at Wendy’s before getting sick.”
In Kentucky and New York, between one and five cases have been reported, but public health officials say the real number of people who have gotten sick is probably higher because some people get better and aren’t tested for the bacteria.
The fast food chain Wendy’s is pulling the romaine lettuce used in burgers and sandwiches from some of its stores in response to an E. coli outbreak that has hospitalized at least 10 people. https://t.co/Zw4GKpMOYr
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 22, 2022
In a statement released on August 19, Wendy’s said it is “fully cooperating” with the CDC’s investigation into the multistate outbreak and has taken lettuce off of sandwiches in some states.
“This won’t affect the lettuce we use in our salads because it’s different,” the restaurant said. “As a company, we are committed to keeping our high standards for food safety and quality.”
The first reports of sick diners came in at the end of July, the CDC said. At least 43 people have been taken to the hospital, and 10 of them got very sick.
No one has died, as far as we know.
Stomach cramps, diarrhoea, vomiting, and fever are all signs of an E. coli infection.
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