Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Coli outbreak in 7 states

Coli outbreak in 7 states

Health officials say a second woman from Mahoning County is one of the 35 people in 11 states affected by an E. coli outbreak likely linked to chopped romaine lettuce from Arizona.

A total of 17 cases have been reported across Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

No word on what caused it. "At this time, ill people are not reporting whole heads or hearts of Romaine". No deaths have been reported. Three people, between the ages of 20 and 55, ended up in the hospital. The Illinois resident reported consuming chopped romaine lettuce before illness onset, in central Illinois. If you have it in your home, throw it out immediately, even if you've eaten some of it and not gotten sick. Neither the CDC, FDA nor Public Health Agency of Canada found a single source for the Romaine lettuce in that outbreak, which sickened 25 and killed one on the USA side of the border.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said all Romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes, should be thrown away no matter where in the United States it was purchased. Three individuals were hospitalized, and two of the three have developed kidney failure. The CDC also advised restaurants against selling any romaine lettuce from Yuma.

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Most people start feeling sick 3 to 4 days after eating or drinking food contaminated with the bacteria, but it can take up to 10 days for symptoms to start.

Last year, at least 25 people contracted E. coli infection from leafy greens including romaine lettuce from Canada. Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, often bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.

Even though the first E. Coli cases have been registered on the U.S. territory in late March, only in April the situation has become more serious and was called an outbreak. Most people recover in five to seven days.

Health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli that has hit seven states over the past four weeks. Those at particular risk include very young children and the elderly.

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