Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Romaine lettuce blamed for E. coli outbreak

Romaine lettuce blamed for E. coli outbreak

No deaths have been reported.

CDC also said the number of cases may increase "due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported".

CDC investigators don't believe this outbreak is connected to the one that occurred late past year in the United States and Canada, although it is the same potentially deadly strain, E.coli O157:H7. Three of those patients have a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is often associated with the O157:H7 E.coli strain.

Health officials warn the public to stay away from store-bought chopped romaine lettuce. This percentage is significantly higher than results from a survey [787 KB] of healthy people in which 46% reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before they were interviewed. If you can not confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it. Most of those people ate salad at a restaurant; romaine lettuce was the common ingredient. The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads. 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.

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The federal response to this outbreak stands in contrast to the E. coli outbreak this past winter, when investigators at the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration did not make definitive consumer recommendations.

So far, 35 cases of E. Coli illness in 11 states have been reported and linked to the outbreak.

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. Read CDC's advice to consumers, restaurants, and retailers. "The FDA now does not have information to indicate that whole-head romaine lettuce or hearts of romaine have contributed to this outbreak".

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