At least 19 people in seven states may have been infected by E. coli after eating rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale Corp’s (COST.O) stores, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.
Five people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, but two individuals developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a type of kidney failure that can lead to permanent organ damage.
The infections have been reported in Montana, Utah, Colorado, California, Missouri, Virginia and Washington, CDC said.
The current number of HUS cases is twice what is normally seen with E. coli O157:H7, the pathogen identified in the outbreak, said Bill Marler, a Seattle food safety attorney who represents people sickened by tainted food.
“This tells me that the number of ill is likely going to go up because the HUS cases are easier to track,” Marler said.
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