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Coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce spreads to more states

Coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce spreads to more states

The CDC said Wednesday that a nationwide E. coli outbreak was linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz. Thankfully, thus far nobody has died from the outbreak, but the CDC isnt taking any chances, and has some very specific advice for everyone. The CDC also says that if you are eating at a restaurant and you can't determine if the romaine is from the Yuma area or not, do not eat it. According to Consumer Reports, this action comes after federal food safety warnings about contaminated chopped romaine lettuce. A number of those have suffered kidney failure.

The CDC is urging consumers to throw out their chopped romaine lettuce immediately. No deaths have yet been reported. In Montana six people have fallen sick, while Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Washington have reported three or fewer.

The most recent outbreak, which started March 13, has resulted in 31 hospitalizations.

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The CDC points out that the E. coli spreading through the states is "toxin-producing". A multistate outbreak of E. coli infections has been linked to bags of chopped romaine lettuce, and information from different sources about the risk has been confusing, making many of us scared to eat salad. 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".

One Pennsylvania manufacturer issued a voluntary recall of some of its products after learning of potential contamination. The strain of E. coli involved in this outbreak can cause stomach cramps, vomiting and bloody diarrhea.

Health officials said children younger than 5, seniors older than 65 and those with weak immune systems are most vulnerable. Fortunately nobody has died, but almost 70 percent of those infected have been hospitalized with a nasty toxin-producing strain of E. coli, and several have developed kidney failure.


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