Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce

Audrey Hill
May 3, 2018

The romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak turned deadly this week, with the first reported death, according to Wednesday's update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California officials have reported one death in their state.

Here is a complete list of states with cases: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The warning applies to whole heads and hearts of romaine, as well as chopped romaine, baby romaine, and salads containing romaine lettuce.

Health experts are advising retailers and restaurants not to serve or sell any remain lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. Those infected may develop diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

So far 52 people have been hospitalized, including 14 with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal kidney complication.

Twenty-three more ill persons from 10 states were added since the last update last week.

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Investigators from the Food and Drug Administration have not yet determined where the vast majority of the suspect romaine was grown. There are delays in reporting and confirming cases linked to this specific strain of E. coli, and the CDC noted that cases involving people who became sick on or after April 11 may not be reported. That's all the information the US agency gives in that regard as it still maintains that, "no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified".

"Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection and report your illness to your local health department", the agency said.

The CDC advised people not to eat or buy romaine lettuce unless it can be confirmed that it is not from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

"Most people reported eating a salad at a restaurant, and romaine lettuce was the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten".

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