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Health & FitHere Are the Symptoms of E. Coli—and Everything Else You Need to Know About the Romaine Lettuce Outbreak

18:05  07 december  2018
18:05  07 december  2018 Source:   health.com

Romaine lettuce is not safe to eat, CDC warns U.S. consumers

Romaine lettuce is not safe to eat, CDC warns U.S. consumers Romaine lettuce is unsafe to eat in any form, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

Here are some signs and symptoms to look out for. Here Are the Symptoms of E . Coli — and Everything Else You Need to Know About the Romaine Lettuce Outbreak . The CDC is advising people to avoid romaine lettuce after a multi-state E . Coli outbreak .

You ’ve probably heard about the romaine lettuce E . coli outbreak that’s taken hold across the While the investigation is ongoing as to exactly what started the outbreak Throw away any and all romaine you may have at home, including whole heads of the lettuce , hearts of romaine , and any boxed or

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning people not to eat romaine lettuce in the wake of a new E. coli outbreak. As of December 6, 52 people in 15 states have been infected with the bacteria since October 5, and the outbreak has been traced back to contaminated romaine lettuce. So far, 19 people have been hospitalized. While no deaths have been reported, one person has developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

Here Are the Symptoms of E. Coli—and Everything Else You Need to Know About the Romaine Lettuce Outbreak

Here Are the Symptoms of E. Coli—and Everything Else You Need to Know About the Romaine Lettuce Outbreak The CDC is advising people to avoid romaine lettuce after a multi-state E. coli outbreak. Here's what you need to know.

Health & FitHere Are the Symptoms of E . Coli — and Everything Else You Need to Know About the Romaine Lettuce Outbreak . Throw away any and all romaine you may have at home, including whole heads of the lettuce , hearts of romaine , and any boxed or bagged salad mixes containing

Throw away any and all romaine you may have at home, including whole heads of the lettuce , hearts of romaine , and any boxed or bagged salad mixes containing romaine , and While the investigation is ongoing as to exactly what started the current outbreak , here ’s what you need to know to stay safe.

At first, the CDC warned consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce until more was known about the current outbreak. Now, officials think they've identified the source of the outbreak: romaine lettuce harvested from the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California. The CDC is urging people not to eat any romaine that fits that criteria.

Check labels on bags or boxes of the lettuce you may have at home to see where it originated, then throw away any from the Central Coastal growing regions, including whole heads of the lettuce and hearts of romaine. Then sanitize fridge drawers and shelves where the lettuce was stored. The CDC is also urging restaurants and retailers to take this kind of romaine off the menu. If you don't know where your romaine came from, don't eat that either.

Why washing romaine lettuce won't kill E. coli that's already sickened 32 people

Why washing romaine lettuce won't kill E. coli that's already sickened 32 people Bacteria like E. coli can remain in romaine lettuce, even after careful washing. Here's why you need to throw it away to keep from getting sick.

Escherichia coli , or E . coli , is a large group of bacteria that includes multiple strains, most of which During the outbreaks in October and May of this year, however, the toxic strain of E . coli has been traced to romaine lettuce . The symptoms include fever, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea.

You ’ve probably heard about the romaine lettuce E . coli outbreak that’s taken hold across the While the investigation is ongoing as to exactly what started the outbreak , here ’s what you need to Escherichia coli , or E . coli , is a bacteria that inhabits the gut of humans as well as other animals

If this sounds familiar, it may because of a similar E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce that sickened 210 people in 36 states from March to June 2018. Nearly 100 people were hospitalized and five died as a result of that contamination, which is thought to have originated in the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

While the investigation is ongoing as to exactly what started the current outbreak, here’s what you need to know to stay safe.

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What is E. coli?

Escherichia coli, or E. coli, is a bacteria that inhabits the gut of humans as well as other animals, says Pritish Tosh, MD, an infectious disease physician and researcher at the Mayo Clinic. Many types of E. coli are normal, harmless parts of the flora of the gut.

The strain in this case is called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), says the CDC. It's one of the nasty, pathogenic types of E. coli that can sicken a person who consumes food harboring the bacteria. How does E. coli end up on your leafy greens? One way is through tiny, even invisible amounts of animal or human fecal matter. When you dive into your chef salad, you might unknowingly ingest fecal particles that contain E. coli. (Gross, yes.)

Why women and girls bear the brunt of the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

Why women and girls bear the brunt of the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak There's a striking aspect of the recent E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce: 66 percent of those affected are female.

A recent E . coli outbreak is linked to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Ariz, according to the CDC, and causing E . coli symptoms like bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Most types of E . coli are actually harmless. But the type involved with this outbreak is known to cause particularly severe infections.

Everything You Need to Know About the Romaine Lettuce E . Coli Outbreak . First things first: If you ’re still eating romaine lettuce , stop. The year’s first major outbreak of a foodborne illness started in mid-March, when cases of E . coli Here ’s everything you need to know about what’s happening.

Contamination with E. coli can occur at any point in the food production cycle, from when it's picked to when it's processed and packaged. Says Dr. Tosh: "Let’s say a person is making a chicken salad in their own kitchen, and doesn’t use good food preparation habits, like hand-washing first. That could contaminate the vegetables in the salad.”

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E. coli symptoms to watch for

Dr. Tosh says that common symptoms of an E. coli infection are diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramping. You’ll typically get sick with bloody diarrhea about three to four days after you’ve been contaminated, and most people recover in a week with proper rest and hydration, says Laura Gieraltowski, PhD, MPH, an epidemiologist at the CDC. “It’s a tough week, but it’s usually over within a week.”

Sometimes, however, an E. coli infection turns into the much more serious hemolytic uremic syndrome, as has happened during this current outbreak. HUS is most common among children under the age of 5, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems, says Gieraltowski. Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, and decreased urination. Anyone who has these symptoms should seek emergency medical care, advises Gieraltowski.

This Is a Record Year for Foodborne Illnesses

This Is a Record Year for Foodborne Illnesses The CDC has investigated more outbreaks in 2018 than in any of the previous ten years.

Romaine lettuce is displayed Monday at a supermarket in San Rafael, California. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control How large is the outbreak ? The CDC reported that there have been instances of this outbreak in 16 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut

As more people get sick from the romaine lettuce E . coli outbreak , Consumer Reports answers Since plenty of supermarkets and restaurants are selling and serving romaine lettuce , consumers may still Symptoms of infection with E . coli O157:H7 include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often

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What types of lettuce are safe?

Avoid all romaine lettuce from Central Coastal growing regions until further notice from the CDC. No specific grower or brand has been identified yet.

"Even if you ate half of a bag of romaine and didn’t get ill, don’t eat [the rest] and throw it away,” Gieraltowski says.

The CDC recommendations are for romaine lettuce only, so keep getting the health benefits of greens by switching to kale, spinach, or other types of leafy greens.

The outbreak is a reminder of how important meal prep hygiene is, so here's a refresher. Always wash your hands before and after preparing fruits and vegetables, and wash or scrub all produce before cutting, cooking, and eating, advises the CDC. One exception: If you buy greens labeled prewashed, the CDC says you don't have to wash them again.

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