Coli cases tied to romaine lettuce

FRIDAY, April 27, 2018 The number of illnesses linked to Arizona romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli has risen again, from 84 cases Wednesday to 98 on Friday. Wise said the pattern is typical for E coli strains that only produce Shiga toxin type 2 (STX2), and that the 2006 outbreak linked to fresh spinach also involved the same STX2 profile, resulting in a similarly higher proportion of severe illnesses.

Do not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. "This is more common in young children or those who are immunocompromised, and can cause kidney failure and long term damage".

Health officials say people shouldn't eat romaine lettuce unless they know it's not from Yuma.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration have traced the bacteria source to Yuma, Arizona.

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The E. Coli outbreak impacting the nation is getting worse. "We are investigating dozens of other fields as potential sources of the [tainted] chopped Romaine lettuce".

When people become sick with a gastrointestinal illness, it's important to maintain good hygiene and clean hands with paper towels instead of regular hand towels, to avoid spreading the bacteria to others, according to Dr. Fertel.

Cases of E-coli linked to romaine lettuce have been popping up around the country, and now MS has been added to the list.

Three more states - Mississippi, Tennessee, and Wisconsin - reported people falling sick. That includes whole heads, hearts, chopped romaine, salads and salad mixes containing romaine. "Most people get diarrhea [often bloody], severe stomach cramps and vomiting", according to the CDC.

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While officials have been able to track the lettuce back to Yuma, AZ, they say they still don't know at what point of distribution the lettuce was contaminated.

Three major grocery store chains in Berks County - Giant Food Stores, Weis Markets and Redner's Markets - said they get their romaine from suppliers in California and Florida, so their lettuce is safe.

"Even if you tested food for one type of E. coli bacteria, it could be contaminated with a different type". OH had three confirmed cases, while Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan, New York, and Washington each had two people sick. The CDC said 46 out of 87 infected people with available information have been reported hospitalized.

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