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Costco Chicken Salad Linked To E. Coli Cases In Seven States

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A total of 19 people in 7 states have been sickened by E. coli traced back to Costco's chicken salad.The cases are spread across the country, with reports of people who have fallen ill in California, Washington, Missouri, Virginia, Colorado, Utah and Montana. According to the Center for Disease Control, five people have been hospitalized and two of them have developed a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported from this outbreak.

The E. coli in the Costco outbreak is a different strain from the one that affected Chipotle stores mainly in the Pacific Northwest. "We take E. coli very seriously in Washington," said State Epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist in a statement. "We are working with the CDC and state partners to determine the source."

The specific Costco product that is linked to the outbreak has been identified as the chicken salad made from their rotisserie chicken, with some cases going as far back as early October. Costco says that the product has been pulled from the shelves since November 20 and the CDC has advised all consumers to throw it away at home, even if it hasn't made anyone sick.