E.coli Outbreaks Sprouts Up at Jimmy John’s Again
Jimmy John's is at the focal point of another Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and it spans across five states.
According to the CDC,
CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O103 infections linked to clover sprouts.
14 people reported getting ill after eating sprouts from Jimmy John's in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and Utah.
Fourteen people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 have been reported from five states.
Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 6, 2020, to February 11, 2020.
No hospitalizations have been reported, and no deaths have been reported.
The CDC advises leftovers with clover sprouts from Jimmy John’s be thrown out. They also advise reporting e.coli-related illnesses to your local health department. You should also wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet and before and after preparing food to lower the chance of infecting others.
About E. coli infection:
People usually get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) 2–8 days (average of 3–4 days) after swallowing the germ.
Some people with a STEC infection may get a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with suspected E. coli infections until diagnostic testing can be performed and E. coli infection is ruled out.
More information can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/ecoli-prevention.html.
Jimmy John’s has stopped serving clover sprouts as of February 24, 2020, at all restaurants while an investigation continues.