Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

1st death from romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

1st death from romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

The number of people hospitalized because of the tainted romaine is higher than usual. The halt in production is in response to the worsening E. coli outbreak linked to romaine - an attempt to reduce the potential for exposure to the contaminated vegetable.

The CDC update on Friday that three more states such as Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Utah were added to the outbreak map.

E-coli causes severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Montana has reported eight people that have fallen ill since the outbreak started March 13.

So, if you experience any E. coli symptoms, it's best to get in touch with your doctor ASAP to figure out what's going on and to treat it quickly and effectively.

Bill Marler, a Seattle-based food safety lawyer who has been involved in food-borne illness lawsuits for decades, said the investigators had not explained how, when and where the bacteria contaminated the romaine which is spread to so many people and places.

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The Food and Drug Administration has identified one farm as a source of part of the outbreak. Officials are investigating the cause of the outbreak and are warning people to avoid eating romaine lettuce from the Yuma, AZ region. "I mean, candidly, that's ridiculous", Marler said. However, the FDA reports that the majority of the illnesses in the outbreaks are associated with chopped romaine, not the whole heads.

The CDC reminds the public not to serve, sell, or eat such lettuce.

California now leads the nation with 24 cases, followed by Pennsylvania with 20 and Idaho with 11.

Hladky said since the outbreak has occurred she's had a few customers ask about it, but not too many. There are delays in reporting and confirming cases linked to this specific strain of E. coli, and the CDC noted that cases involving people who became sick on or after April 11 may not be reported.

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