Federal health officials are investigating a third multistate E. coli O157:H7 outbreak where romaine lettuce is a suspected source. On October 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced two E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks, each with an unidentified food source but both with linkes to pevious romaine outbreaks. The CDC is calling them Outbreak of E. coli infections Unknown Source 1, 2 and 3.

Outbreak of E. coli infections Unknown Source 3, was discovered by health officials in Michigan after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) discovered E. coli O157:H7 in a routine sample of the lettuce collected from a Walmart store in Comstock Park, MI. The product that was tested was a package of Tanimura & Antle brand single-head romaine lettuce.

The company issued a recall for the romaine lettuce on November 6. It was sold at Walmart and Food Lion and both companies have posted recalls on their website.  As the investigation moves forward, other grocery stores may be also be included.

After MDARD discovered the E. coli in the romaine,  the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services conducted genetic analysis on the strain and found that it is highly related genetically to the E. coli strain linked to two recent illnesses in Michigan.

The outbreak now includes cases in six  states, the case count by state is: CA (2), IL (4), MI (2), OH (1), PA (2), VA (1).

E. coli lawyer - CDC Map of E. coli Outbreak Unknown Source 3, romaine suspected

Genetic analysis shows that the E. coli strains associated with the three ongoing outbreaks are distinct from one another. But the strains associated with the Unknown Source 1 and Unknown Source 2 outbreaks closely resemble strains associated with previous romaine E. coli outbreaks, according to the CDC.

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