Multistate E. coli outbreak traced to lettuce from Yuma, Arizona

Multistate E. coli outbreak traced to lettuce from Yuma, Arizona

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections.

But it said that anyone who has bought romaine lettuce or salad mixes that contain romaine lettuce should throw it away, and ask restaurants if the romaine lettuce is from the Yuma region.

Seventeen people have been infected including six hospitalized in an E. coli outbreak detected in seven states, a new report has revealed.

Other states reporting outbreaks include Idaho, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio and Washington.

The CDC says the current investigation "is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections". The age range of those infected ranges from 12 to 84 years old.

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The chopped romaine lettuce outbreak is not related to the E. coli O157: H7 outbreak involving leafy greens that began in late 2017 and was officially closed out on January 25, 2018. Most recover from the infection within a week, though serious cases can be life-threatening, the Department of Health and Welfare said.

Health experts are holding their breath in the midst of a unsafe food-borne bacterial outbreak that has sickened many people but so far has not caused any deaths.

The agency stated this E. coli outbreak isn't related to the E. coli outbreak that struck the United States and Canada in November and December, for which Romaine lettuce also got blamed. "The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped Romaine lettuce to make salads".

"E. coli O157:H7 is a type of bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps, vomiting and low-grade fever", Health and Welfare said in a statement. Some of the patients did eat the lettuce at home.

In January a larger E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce was reported in 13 states, resulting in 58 hospitalizations and one death.

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