The CDC announced an E.coli outbreak involving walnuts sold in the United States; Texas is one of the 19 states affected by this outbreak. While there have been a few cases of people who got sick from the E.coli bacteria, there have been several stores around Texas that have had recalled selling organic walnuts since the beginning of May.


Which Texas stores were affected with walnut E.coli outbreak?

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) put a list of all the stores (and their locations) that were selling the Bulk Organic Walnuts that contained the E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. In Texas alone, there were a total of 17 stores; 8 of which being Whole Food Markets from cities such as Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Plano, Houston & San Antonio. Other cities affected included Beaumont, Cleburne, Rockwall & Sherman.

New Mexico & Arizona were also among the 19 states that were selling the recalled organic walnuts; the FDA included 9 stores from New Mexico & 9 from Arizona.

How many cases of E.coli infections are there in Texas?

Since 2010, the number of cases has gone up from 351 cases to over 1,300 cases in 2019 (as posted by the Texas Department of State Health Services). Common symptoms of being infected with E.coli include:

  • Diarrhea (and/or bloody stool samples),
  • nausea/vomiting,
  • stomach cramps,
  • a fever (sometimes mild),
  • chills,
  • irritability,
  • & headaches.

Of course if you feel like you MAY have been infected with the E.coli bacteria (or indeed, ANYTHING that may have gotten you sick), call your local hospital so they can treat you immediately.

Thankfully the CDC mentioned that no one has died from the recent outbreak; only 12 people from California & Washington have gotten sick. Hopefully it stays that way in Texas & indeed the rest of the country.

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