Investigators Recommending Abundance Of Caution With Lettuce After E. Coli Outbreak Spreads

Laverne Higgins
April 20, 2018

The CDC reports its investigation points to chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region as the potential culprit.

Five of the 31 hospitalized have developed kidney failure.

The CDC has so far been unable to identify a specific grower, supplier, distributor or brand responsible for the contaminated lettuce, NPR said.

States that have reported people infected with the E. coli strain now include Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, Arizona, Alaska, California, Louisiana and Montana.

On April 13, 2018, Digital Journal reported thirty-five people in 11 states have been sickened and 22 of those patients were so severely ill, they had to be hospitalized because of the E. coli outbreak associated with chopped romaine lettuce.

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-"Consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick". The CDC also says that if you are eating at a restaurant and you can't determine if the romaine is from the Yuma area or not, do not eat it. According to Consumer Reports, this action comes after federal food safety warnings about contaminated chopped romaine lettuce.

No deaths have been reported. If you get sick, write down what you've eaten, contact your doctor and report your illness to your local health department. Symptoms may be mild to severe, including diarrhea which may be bloody.

A slow-growing e.Coli outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce is continuing to grow, with a new update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealing that an additional 18 individuals are thought to have been hit with the bacteria.

Romaine lettuce is sometimes packed in the fields and shipped directly to restaurants or grocery stores. Those most at risk from the infection are the very young, very old and individuals with compromised immune systems.

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