CDC: 98 sickened by E. coli outbreak in 22 states

  • CDC: 98 sickened by E. coli outbreak in 22 states

CDC: 98 sickened by E. coli outbreak in 22 states

An outbreak of E. coli bacteria in romaine lettuce has nearly doubled in size over the past week, sickening 98 people in 22 states, U.S. health officials said on Friday. 10 had kidney failure but no deaths have been reported. People in 22 states had reported infections linked to the outbreak from a contamination officials said was centred in Yuma, Arizona.

The CDC has issued a series of reports since data indicated that romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., growing region could be contaminated with E. coli.

The lettuce-growing season is over in Yuma but the FDA and CDC said they could not guarantee when the outbreak would end since consumers may still have contaminated romaine in their refrigerators.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration have traced the bacteria source to Yuma, Arizona.

FRIDAY, April 27, 2018 The number of illnesses linked to Arizona romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli has risen again, from 84 cases Wednesday to 98 on Friday.

An investigation into the source of the outbreak is continuing.

"E. coli and things like that are normally caused by fault production and not having clean facilities for washing your produce", said Jeb Bush, Forsyth Farmer's Market.

Both Spokane children are younger than 10, and neither has been hospitalized, the state health department said.

"What's unique about this E.coli, and the O157 strain, is that it produces a toxin called shiga toxin, which is responsible for some of the severe symptoms and also causes a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome", he said.

Most major grocery outlets across central Pennsylvania are assuring customers that the romaine lettuce stocked in their produce stalls is safe to eat.

The outbreak was originally thought to come from chopped romaine lettuce, but the warning was expanded last week to include chopped, whole heads and hearts or romaine, as well as salads or salad mixes containing romaine.

It is important to note that most of the illnesses in this outbreak are not linked to romaine lettuce from Harrison Farms.

After news of the outbreak was first made public a week ago, people used social media to express their surprise that they were being warned off lettuce, and make jokes about healthy eating. Although most recover in one week, it could lead to kidney failure. In 2016, for example, 96 people in IL were sickened by E. coli linked to cilantro.

Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce. The symptoms include loss of appetite, fatigue, severe abdominal cramping, diarrhea and fever.