Pizza Ranch E. coli Outbreak
An E. coli outbreak has been linked to Pizza Ranch restaurants, a self-described “fast casual” restaurant chain that operates in more than 180 locations in 13 states.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the 13 people sickened, 9 reported eating at a Pizza Ranch restaurant prior becoming ill with E. coli food poisoning.
Symptoms of E. coli Food Poisoning
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection include severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. The diarrhea may become bloody and can lead to dehydration. There is usually little or no fever. The infection (and its symptoms) will vary from individual to individual, ranging from a mild to a life-threatening illness.
The CDC reports that symptoms of E. coli food poisoning typically begin 3-4 days after eating a contaminated food; however, symptoms may occur anywhere from 1 to 10 days following pathogen exposure.
Complications of E. coli Food Poisoning
Complications of STEC infection may include Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a serious and sometimes life-threatening medical condition that occurs in about 5%-10% of cases. HUS is characterized by anemia, low platelet count, and renal injury or failure. Blood transfusions and kidney dialysis may be required.
CDC Comments on Pizza Ranch E. coli Outbreak
The exact source of the E. coli contamination is unknown, a CDC spokeswoman told the television network CNBC.
The CDC confirmed that several people living multiple states away from a Pizza Ranch location have contracted the same strain of E. coli, suggesting that a supplier may be the source of contamination.
Pizza Ranch E. coli Outbreak Hospitalizes Eight
Eight of the individuals who contracted the virus were hospitalized, including 2 children who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). No deaths have been reported.
The states affected by this particular E. coli outbreak were Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
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