Case Count Update
Since the last update on April 25, 2018, 14 more ill people were added to this outbreak.
As of April 26, 2018, 98 people infected with the outbreak strain ofE. coliO157:H7 have been reported from 22 states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on theCase Count Map page.Illnesses started on dates ranging fromMarch 13, 2018 to April 20, 2018.Ill people range in age from 1 to 88 years, with a median age of 31. Sixty-five percent of ill people are female. Of 87 people with information available, 46 (53%) have been hospitalized, including 10 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.
Illnesses that occurred after April 7, 2018, might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill withE. coliand when the illness is reported. This takes an average oftwo to three weeks.
Information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated withE. coliO157:H7 and could make people sick. No common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified at this time. ReadCDC’s adviceto consumers, restaurants, and retailers.
This investigation is ongoing, including work to identify the source of the romaine lettuce. CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.
To read the full investigation notice, clickhere. For additional resources, including epi curves, case counts maps, advice to consumers, restaurants, and retailers, as well as the notice in Spanish, clickhere. For more information about Shiga toxin-producingE. coliand steps that people can take to reduce their risk of infection, clickhere.
Multistate Outbreak ofE. coliInfections
Linked to Romaine Lettuce
CDC,FDA, and several states are investigating anoutbreak ofE. coliinfections linked to romaine lettuce. Do not eat romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. Learn more about the outbreak and read ouradvice to consumers.
The outbreak, which started in late March, has sickened 84 people in 19 states. Forty-two people have been hospitalized and nine developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. No deaths have been reported. This outbreak investigation is ongoing.
Learn aboutE. coliand what you can do to help lower your chances of infection in CDC’s feature.
Multistate Outbreak ofSalmonellaBraenderup Infections Linked to Shell Eggs
CDC, FDA, and several states are investigating anoutbreak ofSalmonellainfections linked to Rose Acre Farms shell eggs. Don’t eat, serve, or sell the recalled shell eggs, which were sold under many brand names, including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms, and Sunups. Throw them out or return them. Wash and sanitize refrigerator drawers and shelves that held recalled eggs.
Read CDC’sfeature onSalmonellaand eggsto learn how to reduce your chance of getting aSalmonellainfection.
Dairy Cows Linked toSalmonellaOutbreak, Report Says
Contaminated ground beef was the likely source of an outbreak ofSalmonellainfections that made 106 people ill in 21 states in 2017, according to a report published in CDC’sMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Slaughtered dairy cows carrying the outbreak strain ofSalmonellaNewport are thought to have been the original source of the contaminated ground beef eaten by sick people.
While no direct link was found, whole genome sequencing suggests dairy cows were the ultimate outbreak source.Foodborne outbreak investigations could be enhanced by improvements in the traceability of cows from their originating farms or sale barns, through slaughter and processing establishments, to ground beef sold to consumers.