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E. coli Cases Prompt Jimmy John's to Pull Sprouts

In Michigan, two cases of the illness have been identified and five are suspected, tied to the sandwich shops. Three are reportedly in Oakland County.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning about cases of E. coli tied to raw sprouts, including two confirmed cases in Michigan.

According to the CDC's website, a total of 14 people have been sickened across the country, and the "likely cause" of the outbreak has been traced back to eating the sprouts at Jimmy John's restaurants. 

The Oakland Press reports that state health officials suspect five additional cases of E. coli in Michigan, three of which are in Oakland County. Illnesses have also been reported in Kent, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, and people became ill between Feb. 6 and Feb. 12, according to the report.

There's no word on which Jimmy John's restaurants are tied to the sicknesses, but there are several Jimmy John's locations near Berkley and Huntington Woods, including one and another at 23255 Greenfield Rd. in Southfield.

Jimmy John's fans commenting on the chain's Facebook page expressed sadness at the move to pull sprouts from the menu. "Please bring back the sprouts. They set you apart from many competitors. Turkey with SPROUTS made me a frequent customer," wrote one person.

The CDC recommends that "Children, older adults, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts)." Anyone who believes they may have been sickened should contact their health care provider.

For more information, visit CDC.gov

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