CDC: Outbreak of E.coli infections linked to romaine lettuce

Glen Mclaughlin
November 21, 2018

A spokesman for the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said: "This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce".

Among the people infected in Canada, all had consumed romaine lettuce, either at home or in restaurants or fast food chains.

"Recent illnesses indicate that contaminated romaine lettuce may still be on the market, including in restaurants, grocery stores and any establishments that serve food", it said.

So far 32 people have been sickened by the suspected E. coli, 13 of those cases had to be hospitalized. The agency is conducting an investigation to trace the contaminated lettuce that made people sick to the bacteria's source. However, the CDC said unless you can confirm where the lettuce is from, it should be thrown away. Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 8 to October 31.

The FDA says it's working with officials in Canada, where officials are also warning against romaine lettuce. As of Tuesday, the grower, supplier, distributor and brand of the infected lettuce is not known, the CDC said. That means heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, lettuce mixes and a classic Caesar salad.

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Health Canada released public health notice to Canadians, warning consumers to avoid eating packaged romaine lettuce while an investigation into and outbreak of E. coli infections in Ontario, Quebec, and several USA states continues.

Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored.

Public health investigators in Canada and the USA have not been able to pinpoint the cause of the outbreak, but say it may be related to an earlier outbreak of E. coli dating back to December 2017. People usually get better within five to 10 days and there is no "real treatment" apart from staying hydrated.

For more information, see Symptoms of E. coli Infection. Some people may develop a fever.

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