Outbreak of E.coli infections linked to romaine lettuce — CDC

Health officials are urging that all romaine lettuce should be thrown away amid a multistate outbreak of a E. coli bacteria

So far, 32 people in 11 states have become sick from eating the contaminated romaine lettuce and 13 of those have been hospitalized, according to health officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling consumers to not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants are advised not to sell it. Other states, including Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin, each reported between 1 and 3 cases of E. coli.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it's working with US authorities to determine the source of the romaine lettuce those who got ill were exposed to.

He says there's not enough trace-back information to request a recall from specific romaine suppliers. As of Tuesday, the grower, supplier, distributor and brand of the infected lettuce is not known, the CDC said. At least 13 people were hospitalized for illnesses that began between October 8 and October 31, the CDC says. Health Canada believes illnesses reported in this outbreak are genetically related to illnesses reported in a previous E. coli outbreak from December 2017 that also affected consumers in both Canada and U.S.

The outbreak involves a strain of the bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7, which may cause serious illness. And after you do that, be sure to wash and sanitize the crisper drawer or fridge shelf the lettuce touched. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.

This investigation is ongoing, and the CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

Until it can identify which specific batches of lettuce are contaminated, the CDC has asked that consumers avoid "all types or uses of romaine lettuce". The CDC issued an alert two days before the holiday warning that no romaine is safe to eat as an E. coli outbreak spreads, reports NBC News. Contact your healthcare provider if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 days or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you can not keep liquids down and you pass very little urine.

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