Romaine lettuce blamed for E. coli outbreak

35 sick from E. Coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce

E. coli outbreak in 11 states linked to romaine lettuce

The CDC tracked the infections across eleven states to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, but no brand or grower has been identified, according to the CDC.

In the past two weeks, 35 people in the US have become ill and one person in the USA has died in the multi-state outbreak, according to Consumer Reports.

At least 35 people in 11 states have been infected with E.coli O157:H7, according to the CDC, and the FDA is investigating a likely link to these infections and chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. The health agency is advising people to throw away romaine lettuce, including salad mixes that contain the vegetable. "This takes an average of two to three weeks".

Most strains of E.coli are harmless but O157:H7 is known to cause more severe illness. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away. Those states are Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington. This weekend stores here in Page had signs about the information and their pre-made salads were almost sold out- the CDC says the bags of pre-made salad containing romaine are not considered safe either so be on the safe side and toss in the trash and not in a salad. If it is unclear from where the lettuce came from Yuma, do not purchase it, CDC suggested. Although none of the confirmed E. coli cases have yet been linked to Fresh Foods, the company is concerned that its romaine supplier may have been involved in the outbreak.

CDC investigators don't believe this outbreak is connected to the one that occurred late previous year in the United States and Canada, although it is the same potentially deadly strain, E.coli O157:H7. Some of its types are pathogenic that can cause illness through exposure to contaminated food or water, or contact with animals or other people. In most cases, symptoms appear three to four days after the bacteria is ingested. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. The damaged red blood cells clog the filtering system of the kidney, which can lead to life-threatening kidney failure.

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