First death reported from E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce as outbreak spreads

  • First death reported from E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce as outbreak spreads

First death reported from E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce as outbreak spreads

The announcement came on the same day as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that one person died in California, and romaine lettuce may be to blame.

The major symptoms include diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting, and severe stomach cramps.

According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation, the outbreak has been linked to romaine lettuce produced in the winter season in and around the Yuma, Ariz., region. These Romaine Lettuce E.coli lawsuits are likely to continue to blame the retailers until the source becomes known.

Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli are primarily found in the guts of cattle, but also pigs and other animals, and spread via feces.

So far, however, the FDA has announced only a single entity form the Yuma region, that being Harrison Farms, who sold Romaine lettuce contaminated with E.coli to a correctional facility in Alaska. "I mean, candidly, that's ridiculous".

Citizens are urged to avoid eating any romaine lettuce unless it can be confirmed not to be from Yuma. Numerous people sickened across the country consumed chopped lettuce that had been sold in bagged form to restaurants. For example, lettuces-or any other produce-can become contaminated if irrigation water becomes contaminated with runoff from cattle farms upstream.

Only eat romaine lettuce - including whole heads and hearts, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes if you can confirm it's not from the Yuma growing region. California has the most number of cases with 24, followed by Pennsylvania with 20 and Idaho with 11. The first two cases in this outbreak involved people who reported becoming sick on March 13, according to the CDC. Of those hospitalized, 14 individuals went on to develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

Hladky said since the outbreak has occurred she's had a few customers ask about it, but not too many.