number of confirmed E. coli cases
continues to climb in Michigan and Illinois. Numbers
from New York, Ohio
have yet to be counted. At least 39 cases with the same DNA
fingerprinting have been identified in five states. In Michigan,
some of the cases are at MichiganStateUniversity,
the University of
Michigan and the Lenawee
County Jail. Other cases are in St. Clair County, WayneCounty, MacombCounty, OaklandCounty and KentCounty.
The Illinois Department of Public Health says at least five Illinois residents
have been hospitalized after contracting E.
coli between late August and mid-September. Aunt Midís
Produce Company supplied the lettuce. Where the lettuce was grown is
still a mystery. Seems a bit odd that at this point Aunt Mid's has not announced who they bought the lettuce from
and where it was grown. Where is the FDA? However, look at the number
of outbreaks and the
locations of where lettuce is grown. My bet is the SalinasValley.
However, as I said to the Salinas
Bill Marler, a
Seattle-based attorney specializing in product litigation, said his office has
been retained by some of the people sickened during the outbreak.
said he doesn't know the source of the lettuce and likely won't until health
officials complete their trace-back.
"At this point it's all speculation
about where it's coming from," Marler said