Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Coli Symptoms: Outbreak Grows, 84 Sick After Eating Romaine Lettuce

Coli Symptoms: Outbreak Grows, 84 Sick After Eating Romaine Lettuce

This particular outbreak has hospitalized more people than usual with a type of kidney failure called hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS).

Health officials say E. coli can cause diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 13, 2018 to April 12, 2018.

While no deaths have been reported, half the cases required hospitalization.

Meijer initially pulled all its romaine products originating from the Yuma region - not just the chopped varieties health officials first warned about, but whole heads, hearts and mixes, Guglielmi said.

This percentage is significantly higher than results from a survey [787 KB] of healthy people in which 46% reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before they were interviewed.

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Pennsylvania has been the hardest hit with 18 cases, followed by California with 13.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, they have to know exactly where the bacteria seeped in.

FDA spokesman Peter Cassell says a recall can not be issued because no common supplier or grower has been found. Agency workers are in Yuma sifting through paperwork showing how romaine lettuce was handled and shipped.

"On our end, we are really trying to keep our food, put a little vinegar in water, soaking our vegetables and cleaning them really good", she said. As bagged lettuce and salad mixes become increasingly popular along with a spike in plant-based diets, the process in which farmers clean salads can actually trap bacteria inside the plants, where washing is of no help. Most sold in the US comes from Arizona in the winter but production there is wrapping up and now shifts to California. It applies to lettuce from the grocery store, and from take-out and restaurants. You should also sanitize any shelves or drawers where that romaine lettuce was recently stored. After an outbreak in 2013, Modern Farmer explained that "during harvest, workers core lettuce in the field, often with a knife soiled by pathogen-laden dirt".

He said it's likely more affecting the parent companies of local growers — shippers and processors who make chopped, packaged salads.

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