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E. coli cases identified in Crawford, Washington County

MADISON (WKOW) — While the source of the E. coli outbreak remains a mystery, lawyers said they found two cases in Crawford and Washington County.

OFT Food Safety & Injury lawyers said two of their clients were hospitalized for days in connection with the most-recent E. coli outbreak. They said the individuals reported getting sick in Prairie Du Chien and West Bend, Wisconsin.

“All of my clients report eating some sort of bag salad,” said Brendan Flaherty, OFT partner. “Almost every single client that I have says it’s as sick as they’ve ever been in their entire lives.”

While this is not the first outbreak, Flaherty said it’s similar to last year’s romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak that began around Thanksgiving. 

“It’s a lot of trouble keeping those products clean and pathogen free, so I’m a little careful about what salad I buy and I try to avoid some pre-packaged salads,” he said.

State health officials say more than 20 people in Wisconsin have been infected with E. coli., with one person developing hemolytic uremic syndrome, a severe form of acute kidney failure.

Earlier this week, Lafayette County Health Department confirmed to 27 News one person was infected earlier this month. An infectious disease doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, Dr. Larry Lutwick, has seen three cases of E. coli recently.  

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has tracked the outbreak since Nov. 13, but the source is still under investigation.

The USDA has called for a lettuce recall on the following items.

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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