Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Officials say to avoid romaine lettuce amid E. coli concerns

Officials say to avoid romaine lettuce amid E. coli concerns

The CDC's report adds that the outbreak began in mid-November and is still being tested to see if the Canadian E. Coli cases are linked to the patients in the U.S. The organization stopped short of issuing a full ban on eating romaine lettuce until it finishes its investigation into the illnesses.

One person has died and five people have been hospitalized of the cases occurring in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont and Washington, according to the CDC. The Public Health Agency of Canada also is investigating an outbreak of STEC O157:H7 infections in several provinces.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak in Canada.

So far, authorities in Canada have pointed to Romaine lettuce as the likely source of the infection, while authorities in the United States are still now conducting an investigation that includes interviewing the infected people to determine the meals they consumed in the week prior to the onset of the illness.

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Contracting E. coli infection can lead to stroke, kidney failure, seizures and in rare instances, death.

According to the CDC, five people in the US have been hospitalized and one has died. This is the same type of E. coli that is responsible for the current outbreak in the United States and Canada.

Consumer Reports advises that people should throw away any romaine lettuce they have, and do not buy any more, until the outbreak's cause has been determined.

CDC officials have said that because they have not identified a source they are unable to recommend whether residents should avoid a particular food. Symptoms include mild fever, severe stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and watery or bloody diarrhea.

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