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USRomaine lettuce: E. coli outbreak tied to 9 more illnesses, FDA says

12:15  07 december  2018
12:15  07 december  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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The deadly E . coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has now spread to 29 states, the CDC says . Symptoms of the most recent illnesses reported began April 25. However, the CDC warned that due to a lag in reporting, any illness that occurred in the past two to three weeks may not have been

E . coli is an important cause of illness in the United States. More information about E . coli , and steps people can take to FDA is continuing to investigate the outbreak to learn more about how the E . coli bacteria could have entered the water and ways this water could have contaminated romaine lettuce .

Romaine lettuce: E. coli outbreak tied to 9 more illnesses, FDA says© BW Folsom/Shutterstock

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to warn against eating any romaine lettuce harvested from the central Coastal growing regions of Northern and Central California amid a multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce. The agency also reported Thursday that nine additional people have been reported ill since November 26.

Now, 52 people have been infected with E. coli in this outbreak, which was announced in October, according to the CDC.

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Eighteen more people have been sickened by the E . coli outbreak tied to chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region, health Health officials say information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region could be contaminated with E

The number of people hospitalized due to a multistate E . coli outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce continues to grow, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said .

Illnesses have been reported in 15 states: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

Nineteen people have been hospitalized, including two who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

Last month, the CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration updated their warning against eating or selling romaine lettuce products harvested in the California counties of Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura.

"Traceback information from four restaurants in three different states so far has implicated 10 different distributors, 12 different growers, and 11 different farms as potential sources of the contaminated lettuce," the FDA said Thursday. Even with that information, its still the case that, "the outbreak cannot be explained by a single farm, grower, harvester, or distributor."

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The Centers for Disease Control is warning consumers about romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Aris, saying it may cause illness due to E . coli bacteria. Dozens of people from nearly 20 states have recently been sickened by the bacteria. (April 26) AP.

Four more people have died as a result of the E . coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce , bringing the total to five deaths, health officials reported Health officials say it's unlikely that any contaminated lettuce is still in circulation due to its 21-day shelf life. The CDC has not pinpointed the exact source

For the last two weeks, federal and state investigators have been inspecting farms and lettuce cooling facilities in California and collecting samples of soil, water, romaine lettuce and "scat samples" that were identified as potential sources. "To date, E. coli O157:H7 has not been found in any of the lettuce, soil or scat samples. Results of water testing being conducted by CDC are pending," the FDA said.

Romaine lettuce entering the market will be labeled with either a harvest location and date, or hydroponic or greenhouse information, according to the FDA. If your romaine does not have this information, you should not eat it, the agency says.

Romaine harvested outside these six California regions is not related to the outbreak, according to the FDA, which is working with the CDC as well as state and local agencies in its investigation.

The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are also coordinating with US agencies to investigate a similar outbreak there.

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Those most at risk for E . coli illness include the very young, the very old and individuals with compromised immune systems. “ Most people reported eating a salad at a restaurant, and romaine lettuce was the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten,” the CDC said in a

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In Canada, there are 27 illnesses under investigation, according to the Public Health Agency, which continues to advise residents in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick to avoid eating romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine unless consumers can identify where it came from.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection, which usually begin about three or four days after consuming the bacteria, can include watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, according to the CDC.

Most people infected by the bacteria get better within five to seven days, though the particular strain of E. coli in the California outbreak tends to cause more severe illness.

CNN's Debra Goldschmidt contributed to this report

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