Romaine lettuce to blame for multistate E. coli outbreak


There is a two to a three-week time lag between the time a person becomes ill with E. coil and when the illness is reported up to CDC.

The C.D.C. said that 26 of 28 infected individuals surveyed reported eating a salad at a restaurant, with romaine lettuce being the only common ingredient. All hospitalized people were adults between the ages of 20 and 55. There have been no deaths related to the outbreak. "The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped Romaine lettuce to make salads". Health officials are advising against eating pre-chopped romaine lettuce from that region until further information is available.

Chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, is likely to blame for an E. coli outbreak in New Jersey and 10 other states.

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People are advised to contact their health care provider if they have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that they can not keep liquids down and they pass very little urine.

No grower, supplier or brand of lettuce has been identified yet.

The noted law firm of Pritzker Hageman helps people sickened by contaminated food such as the I.M. Healthy product protect their legal rights, and get compensation and justice. The strain linked to chopped romain lettuce is a Shinga toxin-producing E. coli, which can cause severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, the CDC said. The CDC also says that consumers should avoid purchasing romaine unless it can be confirmed not to be from the Yuma area. Those most at risk for E. coli illness include the very young, the very old and individuals with compromised immune systems.

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Yuma is the nation's largest supplier of winter greens - lettuce, cabbage, spinach, kale, spring mix and more.

FDA and CDC urge consumers who think they might have symptoms of an E. coli infection should consult their healthcare provider immediately.

Of the 35 reported cases as of Thursday, 22 of them have required hospitalization including three with kidney failure, the CDC said.

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