Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

That's all the information the US agency gives in that regard as it adds, "no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified".

Illnesses that occurred after March 27, 2018, might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported.

States that have reported people infected with the E. coli strain include Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and MI.

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The CDC and the FDA are advising people that before they eat lettuce from a restaurant to confirm that the product used to prepare the meal is not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region. "If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away".

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona could be tainted with E. coli O157: H7, which could make people sick.

Many people prefer romaine to iceberg lettuce, because the romaine has a lot less water and usually lasts much longer in the fridge. Three cases of E. coli in Arizona have been linked to this multistate outbreak. While no deaths related to the outbreak have been reported, symptoms of E. coli can present as diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. 22 ill people have been admitted to hospital and three people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure.

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Montana has experienced two E. Coli outbreaks in the past three years, according to Hinnenkamp.

Consumer Reports' advice goes even further than the CDC's - they recommend consumers avoid buying and eating romaine lettuce entirely, at least until the outbreak is over. However, illnesses can start anywhere from 1 to 10 days after exposure. The symptoms include loss of appetite, fatigue, severe abdominal cramping, diarrhea and fever.

According to a spokesperson for Covelli Enterprises, which owns more than 300 Panera restaurants, the company has found a new supplier from outside the Yuma, Arizona region to provide romaine.

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