As of October 7, 2022, 20 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O121 have been reported from 6 states – Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Kansas and Florida. Illnesses started on dates ranging from July 13, 2022, to September 13, 2022. Sick people range in age from less than 1 to 71 years, with a median age of 31, and 79% are female. Of 14 people with information available, 5 have been hospitalized, including 1 who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious condition that can cause kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.
State and local public health officials are interviewing people about the foods they ate in the week before they got sick. Among 18 people interviewed, 15 reported shopping at ALDI stores. Among these 15 ALDI shoppers, 6 reported eating Earth Grown brand frozen falafel purchased from ALDI in the week before getting sick.
Here are some prior E. coli O121 Outbreaks linked to flour, cheese, bison, water, sprouts, mini meals, petting zoos, day care, prison, and a Wendy’s.
Many of the below we have been involved with at Marler Clark.