The E. Coli has been linked to the clover sprouts served at Jimmy Johns. The sandwich chain switched last year from alfalfa sprouts to clover sprouts to try to deter the spread of salmonella, but this year the new clover sprouts caused an outbreak of E. Coli instead. The problem with these sprouts, both alfalfa and clover, is that they are grown, stored, and shipped in a moldy, moist and warm environment, adding to the likelyhood of producing the salmonella and E. Coli virus infections. Despite popular belief, sprouts of any kind are actually VERY low in nutrients, almost as worthless nutritionally as lettuce, so if you think that you are being healthy by eating lettuce or sprouts, you are wrong. You are basically eating water. So at least for awhile, we here at Kansas City News would recommend staying clear of any kind of sprouts until this E. Coli virus outbreak is contained.
WebMD reports the specifics of the E. Coli virus as follows:
There are many conditions with symptoms similar to those of E. coli infection. Diagnosis of E. coli infection can be complicated by the fact that most bacterial infections that cause diarrhea are accompanied by a high fever. If you have no fever or only a mild fever, your doctor may suspect that something other than bacteria is causing your symptoms.
Bloody diarrhea is common in confirmed cases of E. coli infection, but the bacteria also should be considered a possible cause of non-bloody diarrhea. For more information on when to call a doctor about non-bloody diarrhea, see the topic Diarrhea, Age 12 and Older or Diarrhea, Age 11 and Younger.
Symptoms of E. coli infection usually end in about a week with no further problems. But severe blood and kidney problems may occur within 2 weeks after the onset of diarrhea. These problems can cause kidney failure and sometimes long-term disability or death in some children and older adults.You do not have to sign up to comment! If you have any trouble publishing your comment, try hitting the "Preview" button to publish from there. Thanks you from Kansas City News!