Coli outbreak from romaine lettuce reaches Kentucky

Coli outbreak from romaine lettuce reaches Kentucky

Coli outbreak from romaine lettuce reaches Kentucky

Updated information on the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that at least 52 out of the 121 people sickened by the greens have been admitted to the hospital, including 14 with kidney failure.

More than 120 cases of E-coli linked to romaine lettuce have been reported in 25 states since the outbreak began in March.

Health officials have tied the E. coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, which provides most of the romaine sold in the us during the winter.

The California Department of Public Health was not immediately able to provide details about the deceased person, or the circumstances around their death.

Why is lettuce so regularly the one which's fault in disease episodes is connected to the virus E. coli?

Officials still have not identified the source of the outbreak.

Romaine lettuce is everywhere, including mixed greens. "The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads".

People infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7, by date of illness onset.

California now leads the nation with 24 cases, followed by Pennsylvania with 20 and Idaho with 11.

Hladky said since the outbreak has occurred she's had a few customers ask about it, but not too many. It's caused by a Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 that produces only Shiga toxin type 2 (Stx2)-the more risky of the two toxin types.

Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli are primarily found in the guts of cattle, but also pigs and other animals, and spread via feces.

Citizens are urged to avoid eating any romaine lettuce unless it can be confirmed not to be from Yuma. There are delays in reporting and confirming cases linked to this specific strain of E. coli, and the CDC noted that cases involving people who became sick on or after April 11 may not be reported.

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