Romaine lettuce to blame for E. coli outbreak in 11 states

35 sick from E. Coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce

35 sick from E. Coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce

No death has been reported but of those who fell ill, 22 have been hospitalized including three people who have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome.

As of April 12, 2018, 35 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 11 states. "FDA should just advise consumers to avoid romaine lettuce until further notice". A woman who was sickened with E. coli after eating a salad at Panera has filed a lawsuit against Panera and its lettuce supplier, Freshway Foods. As the number of people being infected by the disease has been increasing, health officials raised concerns about the consumption of the vegetable as no particular brand of lettuce has been identified so far. Most will get better within a week, but the symptoms can last longer and be severe.

Illnesses have been reported in CT (2), Idaho (8), IL (1), MI (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (7), NY (2), OH (2), Pennsylvania (9), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).

"It is unrealistic to expect consumers to figure out whether their romaine was produced in Arizona or somewhere else, especially when eating in a restaurant", she says. "Anyone experiencing symptoms of this illness should see a healthcare provider".

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Numerous cases so far were contracted from salad mixes used in restaurants, but some cases have been linked to bagged romaine purchased in stores.

The farms in the Yuma, Arizona region supplies romaine lettuce to the country during March through November of each year.

This is not the first time romaine lettuce were linked to the spread of E. coli. Some of its types are pathogenic that can cause illness through exposure to contaminated food or water, or contact with animals or other people. Last year, an outbreak of 17 E. coli infections were reported in 13 states across the United States, all of which occurred from November 15, 2017 through December 8, 2017. Most of those people ate salad at a restaurant; romaine lettuce was the common ingredient. More adverse cases would lead to bloody diarrhea, dehydration and even kidney failure.

States that have reported people infected with the E. coli strain include Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and MI.

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