CDC seeking source of E. coli outbreak affecting several states

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 16, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating whether romaine lettuce is the source of an E. coli outbreak. The CDC says 22 have been hospitalized, no deaths have been reported.

The CDC said that no specific brand, distributor or supplier has been identified. Last year, an outbreak of 17 E. coli infections were reported in 13 states across the United States, all of which occurred from November 15, 2017 through December 8, 2017.

The outbreak started on March 22.

The latest multistate outbreak of E. coli has sickened 35 people, including seven in New Jersey and nine in Pennsylvania. Three of those patients developed a type of kidney failure associated with an E. coli illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can be life-threatening. In most cases, symptoms appear three to four days after the bacteria is ingested. In the warning, CDC officials said people who have purchased chopped romaine lettuce from stores "should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick".

Consumers who have store-bought chopped romaine at home should not eat it and should throw it away, the CDC said.

So far, the contaminated lettuce can be traced only to the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. One food retailer Freshway Foods has voluntarily issued a recall of its romaine lettuce sold at Schnucks stores, found mostly in the Midwest. The symptoms include loss of appetite, fatigue, severe abdominal cramping, diarrhea and fever.

"Most people reported eating a salad at a restaurant, and romaine lettuce was the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten. The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads", according to the investigation report, which added there are no reports involving whole heads or hearts of romaine.

"If you can not confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it", the CDC said.

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