STATE — The Maryland Department of Health is investigating a cluster of E. coli infections among seven patients in Maryland.
Health officials say they all reported eating Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Chicken Caesar Salads that were purchased from various Sam's Club locations in the state. There has been one hospitalization and no deaths associated.
Consumers are advised not to eat Ready Pac Bistro® Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad, lot #255406963, “Best By” date Oct. 31, 2019. Health officials say they identified the presence of the E. coli in the romaine lettuce.
The investigation is ongoing and additional laboratory testing is pending.
Symptoms of E. coli infection often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some people may have a fever. Most people with an E. coli infection start feeling sick three to four days after eating or drinking something that contains the bacteria. However, illnesses can start anywhere from one to 10 days after exposure.
Most people recover within five to seven days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening. E. coli infections can lead to serious complications, like hemolytic uremic syndrome, which may be fatal.
Consumers are advised to seek medical advice if they have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days, or diarrhea that is accompanied by a fever higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit, blood in the stool or ongoing vomiting.