Published: Sat, April 28, 2018
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New Cases Reported as National E. coli Outbreak Spreads

New Cases Reported as National E. coli Outbreak Spreads

Colorado now has two cases linked to the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of the 98 cases in 22 states, there have been 46 hospitalizations with 10 people "developing a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome".

People who have become sick with E. coli will begin to feel the symptoms between two and eight days after consumption of the contaminated food.

The CDC says no deaths attributed to the outbreak have been reported.

Earlier this week, the CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce from Arizona, saying they had traced the strain to lettuce produced in the city of Yuma.

Based on information from growers, federal officials said they can't guarantee there are no more romaine products now coming out of the Yuma growing region.

This advice includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

Also in King County, health professionals hospitalized a woman in her 50s who had eaten romaine lettuce while traveling outside of Washington, the blog says.

This is the most significant Shiga-toxin producing E.coli break out considering that a 2006 break out connected to spinach grown in the Salinas Valley in California, Wise stated. Ten of those developed severe kidney failure. FDA officials said that the Yuma region is at the end of the growing season and no additional lettuce is growing there at this time.

The E. coli bacterium can cause bloody diarrhea, vomiting and cramps. None of the romaine - either bagged, loose or served at their salad bars - is from Yuma.

The CDC first announced a multi-state outbreak of E. coli on April 10. The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections and have recovered over $650 million for clients.

The E. Coli outbreak impacting the nation is getting worse. "It underscores the need for the produce industry to do a better job of traceability so these outbreaks are identified and stopped as soon as possible", said Bill Marler, managing partner of Marler Clark.

" We are examining lots of other fields as prospective sources of the [polluted] sliced Romaine lettuce", Harris stated.

The Food and Drug Administration has identified Harrison Farms of Yuma, Arizona, as the grower and sole source of the whole-head romaine lettuce that sickened several people in an Alaska correctional facility, but has not determined where in the supply chain the contamination occurred.

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