Jimmy Johns Sprouts Salmonella Outbreak

As of January 18, 2018, eight people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. Illnesses started on dates ranging from December 20, 2017 to January 3, 2018. Ill people range in age from 26 to 50 All 8 are female. No hospitalizations and no deaths have been reported.

Epidemiologic evidence indicates that raw sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants are the likely source of this multistate outbreak.

Federal, state, and local health and regulatory officials are conducting traceback investigations from the six Jimmy John’s locations where ill people ate raw sprouts. These investigations are ongoing to determine where the sprouts were distributed, and to learn more about the potential route of contamination.

CDC recommends that consumers not eat raw sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants. Regardless of where they are served, raw and lightly cooked sprouts are a known source of foodborne illness. People who choose to eat sprouts should cook them thoroughly to reduce the risk of illness.

El Toro Norovirus Outbreak

The Tacoma/Pierce County Department of Health updated the El Toro Norovirus outbreak to a total of 542 cases—520 from the Tacoma location and 22 suspect cases from the University Place location.

According to the department, Norovirus outbreaks can last a few days, a few weeks, or a few months. It is highly contagious. Norovirus outbreaks typically have greater numbers of cases than other types of outbreaks because of the low number of virus particles needed to cause infection and the rapid person-to-person transmission.

In the case of the El Toro Restaurants, both received 65 critical points—not a passing score—during their last routine inspections.

On Jan. 1, the state’s new Paid Sick Leave Law took effect. The law requires employers provide their employees with paid time off to take care of their health.

Frozen Coconut Salmonella Outbreak

As of January 12, 2018, 25 people were reported infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Washington. One more ill person infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella has been reported from Canada. Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 11, 2017 to November 4, 2017. Ill people range in age from 1 year to 82. Six people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that Coconut Tree Brand frozen Shredded Coconut is the likely source of this multistate outbreak.

The frozen shredded coconut linked to this outbreak was used as an ingredient in Asian-style dessert drinks served at restaurants. The product was also sold in grocery stores and markets in several states. Frozen shredded coconut can last for several months if kept frozen and may still be in retail stores or in people’s homes. CDC recommends that retailers not sell, restaurants not serve, and consumers not eat recalled Coconut Tree Brand frozen Shredded Coconut.

Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak

As of January 10, 2018, there were 42 cases of E. coli O157 illness reported in five eastern provinces: Ontario (8), Quebec (15), New Brunswick (5), Nova Scotia (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador (13). Individuals became sick in November and early December 2017. Seventeen individuals were hospitalized. One individual died. Individuals who became ill were between the ages of 3 and 85 years of age. It urged the public to avoid eating romaine lettuce until more is known about the contamination.

In the United States, a total of 24 STEC O157:H7 infections have been reported from California (4), Connecticut (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (2), Maryland (3), Michigan (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (1), New York (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (2), Vermont (1), Virginia (1), and Washington (1). Illnesses started on dates from November 15 through December 12, 2017. Among the 18-ill people for whom CDC has information, nine were hospitalized, including one person in California who died. Two people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.