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E. Coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce

Consumers anywhere in the U.S. who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick the CDC says. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION E. Coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce
Patty Aguilar | 19 April, 2018, 22:29

In a follow-up on the multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to chopped romaine lettuce, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting an additional 18 cases in the investigation.

"E. coli can cause serious illness, so it is critical that everyone take precautions by not eating store-bought chopped romaine lettuce, even if you or someone from you family has consumed the product and did not get sick", said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. Thirty-one of the patients have been hospitalized, with five having developed a kind of kidney failure associated with an E. coli sickness known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can be incredibly unsafe, CNN reports.

No deaths have been reported, and the last related illness was reported on March 31.

Idaho and Pennsylvania have reported the largest number of cases, with 10 and 12 respectively, but the especially nasty strain has also been found in Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Washington.

It adds: "Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, confirm with the store or restaurant that it is not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region".

Symptoms of E. coli typically begin two to eight days after consuming the bacteria, although most patients become ill three or four days after consumption.

"This is a higher hospitalization rate than usual for E. coli O157:H7 infections, which is normally around 30 percent", said the agency.

According Wednesday's CDC report, five people have reportedly developed HUS.

Restaurants and retailers, meanwhile, should not serve chopped romaine lettuce or salad mixes containing the vegetable grown in Yuma, Arizona. These complications are more common in young children under 5, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.

Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their chopped romaine lettuce. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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