Coli Outbreak Turns Deadly With a Fatal Case in California

Coli Outbreak Turns Deadly With a Fatal Case in California

Coli Outbreak Turns Deadly With a Fatal Case in California

The romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak turned deadly this week, with the first reported death, according to Wednesday's update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first death has also been reported by federal health officials, which was reported in California.

The CDC is still saying that consumers should not buy or eat romaine lettuce unless you can absolutely confirm that it did not come from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. "Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, do not eat or buy romaine lettuce if you do not know where it was grow", the CDC said. Although most recover in one week, it could lead to kidney failure. That's a slight dip from 53 percent at the Friday update, yet a few floors above the 30 percent called normal for an E. coli outbreak by Dr. Matthew Wise, the CDC's deputy branch chief for outbreak response.

Marler notes that, following a 2006 E. coli outbreak involving baby spinach that killed three people and sickened almost 200 others, the CDC made it a priority to be able to trace the origins of food-poisoning cases. The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads.

The warning includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

Health officials warn that washing your lettuce does not offer enough protection. Harrison was the source of the whole head romaine lettuce that sickened eight inmates at an Alaska prison.

The reported strain of E. coli, which produces poisonous substances known as Shiga toxins, can cause severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Restaurants and retailers are told to ask their suppliers about the source of the lettuce.

Usually, illness sets in "an average of three to four days after swallowing the germ". Signs of HUS include fatigue, decreased frequency of urination, and a loss of the normally pink color in the cheeks and inside the lower eyelids.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical care immediately.

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