CDC: E. Coli Outbreak Reaches 29 States

CDC: E. Coli Outbreak Reaches 29 States

CDC: E. Coli Outbreak Reaches 29 States

Twenty-eight more illnesses caused by an E. coli outbreak tied to tainted romaine lettuce were reported by USA health officials on Wednesday.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also reported Florida, Minnesota and North Dakota have confirmed cases of illness released to E. coli in romaine lettuce.

The CDC says the romaine lettuce contamination happened on Yuma, Arizona-area farms although so far the investigation has not pinpointed where the E. coli originated.

In fact, the CDC recommends you don't eat romaine lettuce at all, unless you're sure of where it was grown.

Genetic testing shows that the E. coli strain involved in the outbreak produces a specific type of "Shiga toxin" that causes more severe illness, Wise explained.

"Of the 112 people interviewed, 102, or 91%, reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before their illness started", the CDC announced on its website May 9. One death, previously reported, occurred in California.

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One farm was found by the Food and Drug Administration to be the source of the whole-head romaine lettuce that sickened several people at a correctional facility in Alaska. "Most people get diarrhea [often bloody], severe stomach cramps and vomiting", according to the CDC. The vegetable's 21-day shelf life means that romaine lettuce from this region may still be in the supply chain.

It develops within a week after E. coli symptoms first appear.

According to the CDC, one person has died and 64 people have been hospitalized, including 17 with kidney failure.

Even if the person with symptoms does not recall eating any lettuce, if they develop symptoms of E. coli infection, it is important to stay hydrated and treat them seriously.

In April, the CDC warned Americans to toss out any romaine lettuce they might have bought in stores.

However, it's unlikely that newly contaminated lettuce tied to this outbreak entered the market after April 13, he added.

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