CDC: 35 with E. coli in 11 States Linked to Arizona Romaine

CDC: 35 with E. coli in 11 States Linked to Arizona Romaine

Ronald Pratt
April 15, 2018

The CDC and the FDA are also advising people that before they eat lettuce from a restaurant to confirm that the product used to prepare the meal is not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

So far, this outbreak has sickened 35 people, 22 of which have been hospitalized, over 11 states.

Three of those patients have been hospitalized; two have developed a type of kidney failure that sometimes occurs with this infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

The other states affected include Connecticut, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, for a total of 17 cases. However, the agency says it hasn't identified a common grower, supplier, distributor or brand yet.

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Unfortunately, the source of the outbreak remains unclear, and because of that, the CDC "is not recommending that consumers avoid any particular food at this time". All we know so far is that this potentially deadly bacteria has infected people in states on both coasts of the USA, and that it's sickening both young and old alike: the 17 ill patients range from age 12 to 84, and 65% are females.

Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea, stomach cramps, and vomiting within three to four days of swallowing the germ that causes the sickness.

Epidemiologic evidence collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce is the likely source of this outbreak.

And the CDC adds that restaurants should avoid buying and serving romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region. "If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away", said the CDC. The restaurants reported they used bagged chopped lettuce. Restaurant customers should ask the origin of the lettuce before eating it. If you have some of the lettuce, or aren't sure where yours comes from, throw it out. People should contact their healt.h care provider if they have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days or that is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that they can not keep down liquids and they pass very little urine.