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CDC declares romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak is (probably) over

CDC declares romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak is (probably) over

If you are concerned that you have an E. coli infection, talk to your healthcare provider.

"The risk to Canadians has returned to low and the Public Health Agency of Canada is no longer advising individuals in affected provinces to consider consuming other types of lettuce, instead of romaine lettuce", published on its website Wednesday evening. One of the people sickened in Canada has died due to the infection.

Consumer Reports has pointed to romaine lettuce as the likely source of the outbreak, however, the CDC cautions that its investigation is ongoing. Thus Canadian officials declared the outbreak over earlier this week, and American officials followed suit, though public health officials are still urging people to avoid romaine. The source of E. Coli is typically animal poop from an infected animal. This percentage was not significantly higher than results from a survey of healthy people in which 46% reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before they were interviewed. Leafy greens, including romaine lettuce, were the cause of outbreaks from E. coli 0157:H7 in 2006, 2011, 2012, and 2013. It is contagious and can be spread via fecal contamination.

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Washing lettuce or any produce tainted with E. coli will not remove the bacteria, so if you're in doubt, just throw it out. Because CDC has not identified a specific type of leafy greens linked to the US infections, and because of the short shelf life of leafy greens, CDC is not recommending that USA residents avoid any particular food at this time. DeLauro said, "I continue to be deeply alarmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's response to the recent multistate outbreak of E. coli". It waited until December 28 to send out a news release regarding the infections, although the first known cases occurred as early as mid-November. Five (56%) of nine ill people specifically reported eating romaine lettuce. People should also thoroughly wash fresh produce.

This story originally appeared on Simplemost.


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