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Coli Outbreak is "Likely" Leafy Greens While Canada Declares Outbreak Over

Ronald Pratt
January 12, 2018

State and local public health officials continue to interview sick people in the United States to determine what they ate in the week before their illness started.

She said American consumers "deserve more than this slow and insufficient response" and that families are "now left wondering if the food they are eating is safe".

Last week, the CDC said it was eyeing leafy greens as the possible culprit and, this week, seem to be still looking for the source as the outbreak investigation continues.

Jean Halloran, director of Food Policy Initiatives at Consumers Union, said it's unclear what steps FDA and CDC are taking in the wake of one of the most serious outbreaks that has occurred in the Trump administration.

There is new information out on the deadly E. coli outbreak in the United States and Canada. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are seven new E. coli cases in the an ongoing outbreak. Since CDC's initial media statement on December 28, seven more illnesses have been added to this investigation.

This infection can sometimes develop into a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a type of kidney failure.

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In the US, the CDC did not make any recommendations to the public about avoiding any foods in its initial December 28, 2017, media statement on the outbreak or in today's update.To date, only half of the USA victims have been interviewed by outbreak investigators. Canadian health officials previously identified romaine lettuce as the cause of the outbreak there. The Public Health Agency of Canada began advising people in the five implicated provinces to consider not eating romaine until further notice.

"The likely source of the outbreak in the United States appears to be leafy greens, but officials have not specifically identified a type of leafy greens eaten by people who became ill", the CDC said Wednesday. "We're working closely with partners to identify that source".

Wendy's has not traced any E. coli infections to its customers and hasn't seen any issues with its supply chain, but decided not to take any risks. People usually get sick 3 to 5 days after they eat food that is contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. There is 1 reported death.

You can protect yourself by washing your hands thoroughly before and after preparing or eating food. Finally, avoid preparing food when you are sick, particularly if you are sick with diarrhea. It urged the public to avoid eating romaine lettuce until more is known about the contamination. "You can't taste, smell or see E. coli, which is what makes it so unsafe".

You've probably heard by now that 41 people in Canada have contracted E. coli from what possibly could have been contaminated romaine lettuce.