Published: Mon, November 26, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Three more cases of E. coli confirmed

Three more cases of E. coli confirmed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning earlier this week not to eat romaine lettuce of any kind as the result of a new E. coli outbreak that has sicked more than two dozen people across 11 states.

Retailers and restaurants should not serve or sell any imported romaine lettuce from the United States of America and Canada until more information becomes available. Similarly, the Public Health Agency of Canada is also coordinating with United States authorities as they are also experiencing a similar outbreak.

Romaine's increased susceptibility comes down to several factors, he said. Anyone who may still have romaine lettuce in their home, whether on its own or as a part of a salad mix, is advised to throw it away.

"Anyone who has eaten romaine lettuce and is experiencing the symptoms of illness associated with E-coli 0157, which includes upset stomach with vomiting and diarrhea, are encouraged to speak to their Healthcare professional". But he suggested that supermarkets and restaurants withdraw their romaine lettuce until the source of the contamination can be identified. It doesn't help that both states are quite hot and romaine lettuce already requires an abundance of water, he said.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said the 18 people who fell ill in connection to the outbreak in Canada reported their cases between mid-October and early November, and one complained of suffering a severe complication related to it.

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"In a general sense we want people to know at this particular time that there's a case that's being investigated with respect to other ones in the country, and that the likely source is romaine lettuce, and for right now we're saying to avoid it", said Russell.

Romaine lettuce grown in South Korea is usually used in salads at high-end restaurants.

Most people with an E. coli O157 infection start feeling sick 3 to 4 days after eating or drinking something that contains the bacteria, but illnesses can start anywhere from 1 to 10 days after exposure. In the USA, 199 people were infected and three died, according to the CDC.

"We do support their initiative to get more lettuce into schools, assuming it's not laced with E. coli, of course".

Illnesses have been reported in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin, the CDC said.

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