Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Do not eat romaine lettuce — CDC warns

Do not eat romaine lettuce — CDC warns

This newest update by the CDC adds 32 new cases to the growing list of individuals who have contracted E. coli from eating romaine lettuce. Canadian health officials have also reported E. coli infections with the same DNA fingerprint. The infections span 11 USA states and include 13 hospitalizations, one case of kidney failure, but no deaths.

No deaths have been reported yet, though 13 people have been hospitalized, and one person has developed a type of kidney failure, according to CDC. By that time, two deaths from eating the lettuce had been reported in Minnesota, and there was one death each in Arkansas, California, and NY. This outbreak is not related to a multistate outbreak linked to romaine lettuce this summer.

Restaurants should not serve romaine lettuce, grocery stores should pull it from the shelves, and people should get rid of whatever they might have in the fridge, the CDC said. This time around, the CDC warns that "any type of romaine lettuce" should be trashed.

Health officials in the USA and Canada told people on Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. The statement was released in conjunction with a similar warning from the Center for Disease Control in the United States.

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All types and brands of romaine lettuce are suspect because no common grower, supplier, distributor or source company has been identified by the CDC. Some people may develop a fever. The 31 people who have become infected reside across California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusettes, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin, so if you live in one of these states chuck out that romaine immediately. The romaine lettuce linked to the E. coli outbreak earlier this year was from Yuma, Arizona.

The most recent illness onset in the USA among these cases was October 31, 2018.

The agency said the current outbreak is unrelated to another multi-state rash of E coli infections related to romaine lettuce earlier this year that left five people dead and sickened almost 200.

Food regulators urge Americans not to eat any romaine lettuce because of new food poisoning outbreak.

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