Illnesses that occurred after March 27, 2018, might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported. If you can not confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
Authorities pointed out, folks here at an Alaska reformatory fairly recently revealed feeling sick, soon after consuming romaine lettuce, which was traced back to lettuce heads acquired from Yuma, that is approximately 185 miles south west from Phoenix AZ.
The warning prompted several restaurants in Southern Arizona to stop selling salads temporarily, while others reported they have safe shipments of lettuce and are serving it.
An unusually virulent strain of E. coli bacteria on romaine lettuce has sent 31 people to hospitals in 16 states, including Montana, and health officials are urging consumers to throw out any of the lettuce they may have bought recently.
No common grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified, according to the CDC.
The current CDC warnings cover whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, as well as chopped romaine, salads and salad mixes that contain romaine.
"Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region". 1 case was reported in Washington State.
Eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by E. coli bacteria may cause gastrointestinal distress. Most people recover within a week, though one of the most serious complications, a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, can develop about seven days after symptoms first appear. There are no reported deaths as of Friday at 4 p.m. EDT.
The CDC recommends going to a healthcare provider if E.coli infection symptoms begin to show, and to report the illness to the health department.
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