Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

CDC reports E.Coli infections linked to lettuce distributed from Yuma

CDC reports E.Coli infections linked to lettuce distributed from Yuma

The CDC is investigating an outbreak of E. coli that has spread to seven states, including New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Idaho, and Washington.

No word on what caused it.

Symptoms of E. coli infections include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting which can go away within a week.

In addition, consumers are warned to not purchase or consume any romaine lettuce of unknown origins; if the origins are known, avoid romaine lettuce originating from Yuma, Arizona. Three individuals were hospitalized, and two of the three have developed kidney failure.

The latest cases do not appear to be linked to earlier reports from Warren County health officials that an outbreak there may have been linked to a restaurant chain.

A similar multi-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections last fall infected 25 people in 15 states.

Idahoans are getting sick from eating chopped romaine lettuce.

The advice is based on interviews with 28 of the ill individuals in which 93% of them reported consuming romaine lettuce within the week they began feeling sick.

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any chopped romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

However, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey health department said they have "not concretely determined Panera as the source", adding that the matter remains under investigation. Health officials are advising against eating pre-chopped romaine lettuce from that region until further information is available. They should also track the foods they've eaten and restaurants they've eaten in the week prior to becoming ill. The reason that the strain is so unsafe for people to come in contact with is that it produces a nasty Shiga toxin, which can make us really sick.

They all became infected between March 22 and March 31, and range in age from 12 to 84 years old.

Before you buy lettuce at the store or at a restaurant the CDC says you should confirm with the store that it's not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona area.

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