Do Not Eat Romaine Lettuce, CDC Warns after E. Coli Outbreak

Do Not Eat Romaine Lettuce, CDC Warns after E. Coli Outbreak

Do Not Eat Romaine Lettuce, CDC Warns after E. Coli Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that new information about the illnesses in Alaska led them to expand a warning beyond chopped romaine to include any type of romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts of romaine.

The FDA recommends that consumers ask grocers, restaurants, and other food service establishments where their romaine lettuce originated, and avoid any romaine lettuce, whether chopped, whole head or hearts, that originated from Yuma.

The previous alerts just applied to sliced romaine on its own and as component of tossed salads & mixed greens.

Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. However, they also stated that "Zero fatalities have been declared" at this time.

The CDC has issued a warning against consuming romaine lettuce. Ill people in Alaska reported eating lettuce from whole heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away. Zero deaths have been reported.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

The different ways that romaine lettuce is harvested could make identifying the specific origin of contamination more hard, Marler said.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 13 to April 6 and affected people 10 to 85 years old, the CDC reported Wednesday.

No common grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified, according to the CDC. For some, the illness may include a fever. Occasionally, more serious complications can occur, including kidney failure. Symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome include less urination, feeling very exhausted, and losing color in the cheeks. Most people recover in a week.

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