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Outbreak Linked to Raw Sprouts Sickens 12

Jimmy John's 'most likely' source

Food Safety News

by Mary Rothschild | Feb 15, 2012

Twelve people in five states have been infected with E. coli O26 in an outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts served at Jimmy John's sandwich restaurants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Iowa has reported five cases, Missouri three, Kansas two, while Arkansas and Wisconsin have each reported one person infected with the outbreak strain, the CDC said in an investigation report Wednesday.

Those sickened range in age from 9 to 49 years old. Median age is 25. All the victims are female. Two of the 12 have been hospitalized.

The CDC says the onset of their illnesses ranged from Dec. 25, 2011 to Jan. 15, 2012.

"Preliminary results of the epidemiologic and traceback investigations indicate eating raw clover sprouts at Jimmy John's restaurants is the likely cause of this outbreak," the CDC concluded in its report.

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