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US Romaine lettuce E. coli contamination claims more victims

05:35  26 april  2018
05:35  26 april  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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The monthlong outbreak of a virulent E . coli strain tied to romaine lettuce has now sent 42 people to hospitals in 19 states, federal health officials said Wednesday. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated. The monthlong outbreak of a virulent E . coli strain tied to

Most likely due to horrible inorganic fertilizer that has not been put together properly, as basically pure feces on the ground next to it. #buylocal when at all possible. I hate romaine , more of a spinach type of chick.

a close up of a green plant: The monthlong outbreak of a virulent E. coli strain tied to romaine lettuce has now sent 42 people to hospitals in 19 states, according to federal officals. © Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS The monthlong outbreak of a virulent E. coli strain tied to romaine lettuce has now sent 42 people to hospitals in 19 states, according to federal officals.

The monthlong outbreak of a virulent E. coli strain tied to romaine lettuce has now sent 42 people to hospitals in 19 states, federal health officials said Wednesday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added 31 people to its tally of victims in the outbreak. The agency has linked the outbreak to the Imperial Valley growing region centered around Yuma, Ariz., where more than 90 percent of the nation's winter lettuce is cultivated.

Toss the romaine lettuce or risk E. coli, officials warn

  Toss the romaine lettuce or risk E. coli, officials warn An unusually virulent strain of E. coli bacteria on romaine lettuce has sent 31 people to hospitals in 16 states, and health officials are urging consumers to throw out any of the lettuce they may have bought recently. No grower or distributor has been identified as the source of the outbreak, which has been traced to the Yuma, Ariz., area where California's major produce companies cultivate winter lettuce, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The strain of E . coli bacteria that contaminated romaine lettuce and was tied to the deaths of five people was found in a tainted irrigation canal in Arizona, federal officials said on Thursday. The outbreak appeared to be over, more than three months after the first illnesses were recorded, the

Most of those patients reported eating romaine lettuce before they became ill, the agency said, adding, “Individuals reported eating romaine lettuce at home, as well as in That contamination can happen at any point along the journey from farm to table. Most E . coli strains are harmless to humans.

Half the 84 cases have resulted in hospitalizations, including nine for treatment of kidney failure, according to the CDC.

No grower, packer or distributor has been implicated thus far, the agency said.

Illnesses were first reported March 13, and the agency warned that additional cases over the last several weeks may not yet be reflected in the data.

The worst hit states include Pennsylvania, with 18 cases, and California, with 13, according to the CDC. Idaho had 10 cases, while the remaining states had 7 or fewer: Arizona, Alaska, Washington, Montana, Colorado, South Dakota, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, and Georgia.

The Alaska cases occurred among prisoners at a Nome correctional facility who had eaten whole-leaf romaine - previously, illnesses had been associated with chopped, bagged romaine.

Here is the CDC's advice to consumers:

- Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region.

- Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, do not eat or buy romaine lettuce if you do not know where it was grown.

- This advice includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know whether the lettuce in a salad mix is romaine, do not eat it.

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