CDC: Outbreak of E.coli infections linked to romaine lettuce

Romaine Lettuce Warning: Throw Away All Heads of Lettuce Because of E. coli Illness Fears, CDC Says

One person who was sickened developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, the CDC said. "This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available", the agency said in a press release.

This outbreak is not related to the previous 2018 E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce.

The latest illnesses linked to the lettuce began between October 8 and October 31.

The new warning includes all kinds of romaine lettuce, including whole heads, hearts, bags and boxes of pre-cut romaine, as well as salad mixes containing romaine.

Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home are urged to throw it out immediately, even if some was eaten and no one has gotten sick.

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Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored.

In Canada, the Public Health Agency has identified 18 people infected with the same DNA fingerprint of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria in two provinces, Ontario and Quebec, according to the CDC statement. No deaths have been reported.

Symptoms of E. coli infection, which typically begin three to four days after the bacteria is ingested, include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Items which contain romaine lettuce including pre-packaged meals are also affected. But he says suppliers can help by withdrawing romaine products until the contamination can be identified.

32 people from 11 states have been infected, but Kentucky has yet to report a case. Children under 5, adults older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems, such as people with chronic diseases, are more likely to develop severe illness, but even healthy children and adults can become seriously ill.

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