CDC: E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

Post Date:11/21/2018 10:08 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising consumers, restaurants and retailers to not eat, serve or sell any romaine lettuce as it investigates an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine.  Read the investigation announcement:

CDC is investigating the multi-state outbreak. Thirty-two illnesses have been reported from 11 states, including 13 people who have been hospitalized. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. 

CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until more is known about the outbreak. People who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. This advisory pertains to all types of romaine lettuce, including whole heads, hearts and bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, baby romaine, spring mix and Caesar salad.

Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. If you think you've may have gotten sick from eating romaine lettuce, talk to your doctor and report the illness to the health district.


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