Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
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Multistate E. coli outbreak traced to lettuce spreads to Missouri, Illinois

Multistate E. coli outbreak traced to lettuce spreads to Missouri, Illinois

The contaminated chopped romaine lettuce which is grown in Yuma, Arizona, is the cause of the E.coli outbreak.

- Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their chopped romaine lettuce. Most will get better within a week, but the symptoms can last longer and be severe.

In the past two weeks, 35 people in the USA have become ill and one person in the US has died in the multi-state outbreak, according to Consumer Reports.

Officials said laboratory testing confirms three cases are linked to a multi-state outbreak and four more are suspected while further testing is pending.

The Centers for Disease Control reported that the accounted cases transpired between March 22-31, so additional instances of infection could be forthcoming.

Most people can recover within a week but there is a risk of more severe illnesses in young children below 5 years old, older adults, and those who have a weakened immune system.

As of Friday, April 13, 35 people from 11 states have already been infected with the outbreak strain.

Health officials have confirmed E. coli cases in Missoula, Flathead, and Ravalli counties, including three hospitalizations.

Some local grocers, such as Albertsons and Safeway, removed bagged salads and deli items containing romaine lettuce from stores, Albertsons communications and community relations manager Kathy Holland wrote in an email. However, illnesses can start anywhere from 1 to 10 days after exposure. At this time, ill people are not reporting whole heads or hearts of romaine. Some reported illnesses occurred after consumers ate lettuce from casual restaurants.

Consumers who purchased romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eat the same at any restaurant should confirm that it is not the chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

Over the weekend, Pennsylvania-based Fresh Foods Manufacturing announced a voluntary recall of almost 9,000 pounds of salad products.

Information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.

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