February 16, 2012
CDC Announces Multistate E. Coli Investigation Linked to Raw Sprouts at Jimmy John's Restaurants
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is collaborating with public health officials in multiple states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli serogroup O26 (STEC O26) infections likely linked with eating raw clover sprouts. Public health investigators are using DNA "fingerprints" of E. coli bacteria obtained through diagnostic testing with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, or PFGE, to identify cases of illness that may be part of this outbreak. They are using data from PulseNet, the national subtyping network made up of state and local public health laboratories and federal food regulatory laboratories that performs molecular surveillance of foodborne infections.
The full notice can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2012/O26-02-12/index.html