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At least 39 E. coli Cases in Michigan, Illinois, New York, Ohio and Oregon and the Count Likely Will Continues to Rise

The number of confirmed E. coli cases continues to climb in Michigan and Illinois.  Numbers from New York, Ohio and Oregon have yet to be counted.  At least 39 cases with the same DNA fingerprinting have been identified in five states.   In Michigan, some of the cases are at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and the Lenawee County Jail.   Other cases are in St. Clair County, Wayne County, Macomb County, Oakland County and Kent County.  The Illinois Department of Public Health says at least five Illinois residents have been hospitalized after contracting E. coli between late August and mid-September.  Aunt Mid’s Produce Company supplied the lettuce.  Where the lettuce was grown is still a mystery.  Seems a bit odd that at this point Aunt Mid’s has not announced who they bought the lettuce from and where it was grown.  Where is the FDA?  However, look at the number of outbreaks and the locations of where lettuce is grown.  My bet is the Salinas Valley.  However, as I said to the Salinas Californian:

Bill Marler, a Seattle-based attorney specializing in product litigation, said his office has been retained by some of the people sickened during the outbreak.

Marler said he doesn’t know the source of the lettuce and likely won’t until health officials complete their trace-back.

"At this point it’s all speculation about where it’s coming from," Marler said.

  • “Seems a bit odd that at this point Aunt Mid’s has not announced who they bought the lettuce from and where it was grown.”
    Why does that seem odd? Seems to me to be exactly par for the course for this type of thing.