Multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce

Multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce

Multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce

However, information collected by the CDC and public health officials from individual states to date indicates the chopped romaine lettuce came from the Yuma, Arizona growing region and that it is possibly contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.

As of Friday afternoon, eight Idahoans had become sick with E. coli infections, an Idaho Department of Health and Welfare news release said.

Of the 28 sickened people who were interviewed, 26 reported consuming romaine lettuce in the week before their illness started, most in a salad at a restaurant, the CDC said. Three people, between the ages of 20 and 55, ended up in the hospital. No deaths have yet been linked to the recent outbreak.

The CDC also advises that all restaurants and retailers ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce and refrain from selling or serving any that was grown in Yuma, Arizona.

At this time, the CDC is saying ill people are not reporting that they ate whole heads or hearts of romaine.

Brittany Behm is a spokesperson for the CDC, and she said they have not been able to identify a common grower, supplier, distributor or brand.

And they are warning everyone to toss out any romaine lettuce they have in the fridge.

In addition, the agency recommends asking grocery stores and restaurants to confirm their chopped romaine is not from Yuma. Most people infected with E. coli will develop diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting within 3-4 days of swallowing the germ.

The industry groups said almost all of the romaine lettuce now being harvested and shipped throughout the United States is from California growing areas and those are not implicated in the outbreak.

Of the 35 reported cases as of Thursday, 22 of them have required hospitalization including three with kidney failure, the CDC said. No one has died.

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