The Michigan Department of Community Health and Agriculture announced 2, and maybe a total of 7, E. coli illnesses in the Jimmy Johns sprouts E. coli outbreak. The CDC updated its numbers today too in the national outbreak, bringing the confirmed case count to 14 in 6 states (2 in Michigan, 5 in Iowa, 3 in Missouri, 2 in Kansas, and 1 each in Arkansas and Wisconsin).
Two of the Michigan cases were hospitalized. No word whether either of those E. coli victims developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, HUS. The Michigan cases are from Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Kent counties.
These counties, in fact the entire state of Michigan, is no stranger to E. coli outbreaks, owing in large part to great public health surveillance of communicable disease. Here are a few past E. coli outbreaks that we at Marler Clark have been involved in:
- DeFranco and Sons In Shell Hazelnuts 2010 (Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin)
- National Steak and Poultry Beef E. coli Outbreak 2009 (Michigan and other states)
- Nebraska Beef LTD and Kroger ground beef E. coli Outbreak 2008 (Michigan and other states)
- Dole Baby Spinach E. coli Outbreak 2006 (national, including Michigan)
- Con Agra and Kroger ground beef E. coli Outbreak (2002) (Michigan and other states)
- McDonalds Restaurant Hamburgers 1982 (Michigan and Oregon)