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E. coli outbreak now in 11 states

14 April 2018
E. coli outbreak now in 11 states

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has not yet identified the cause of a multi-state E. coli outbreak, it reports that 17 people have fallen ill in seven different states.

Other states in the outbreak include Idaho, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Missouri and Washington.

The CDC confirms that there have been at least 35 cases of E. coli infections in 11 states tied to the pre-chopped romaine lettuce thus far.

No word on what caused it. If you have some of the lettuce, or aren't sure where yours comes from, throw it out.

If you have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home you should not eat it and you should throw it away.

However, in five to 10 percent of cases the strain can lead to a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

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The C.D.C. said that 26 of 28 infected individuals surveyed reported eating a salad at a restaurant, with romaine lettuce being the only common ingredient.

The CDC is also warning consumers to ask restaurants if there is romaine they are using in salads is from Yuma, Arizona before eating it. They should also track the foods they've eaten and restaurants they've eaten in the week prior to becoming ill. Ill people range in age from 12 to 84 years, with a median age of 41. Six of the infected people are from New Jersey and four are from Idaho.

State health officials advise consumers not to eat packaged chopped romaine lettuce or salad mixes containing romaine lettuce, and to discard any remaining lettuce from the package even if it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.

People who have been infected with E. coli bacteria can show symptoms like bloody diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain, but will often recover within a span of a week.

In a joint statement, the Produce Marketing Association, Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, United Fresh and Western Growers said they were cooperating fully with government and working closely to further identify the specific source of this outbreak.