CDC Says Lettuce Grown In Yuma Could Cause Sickness

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"Nearly all of the romaine lettuce now being harvested and shipped throughout the United States is from California growing areas, and is not implicated in the outbreak".

The states where cases have been reported are: Pennsylvania (9); Idaho (8); New Jersey (7); CT (2); NY (2); OH (2); Virginia (1); Washington (1); Missouri (1); MI (1); and IL (1). No specific grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified at this time. The agency also warns not to eat lettuce if you are not sure whether or not it is romaine. Neither the CDC, FDA nor Public Health Agency of Canada found a single source for the Romaine lettuce in that outbreak, which sickened 25 and killed one on the US side of the border.

The CDC says individuals in the USA who have a chopped romaine lettuce product, such as a salad mix containing the leaves, should not eat it and instead throw it away. "People who develop symptoms of E. coli, should seek medical care, contact their local health department to report the illness, and try to track what foods were eaten and restaurants visited in the days prior to becoming ill".

A similar multi-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections last fall infected 25 people in 15 states. The patients are between 12 and 84 years old. "Among ill people, 65% are female", officials said. However, U.S. health officials stopped short of naming romaine lettuce, instead saying the outbreak was "likely" connected to "leafy greens".

This type of E. coli bacteria can cause bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps, vomiting, and low-grade fever. "Anyone experiencing symptoms of this illness should see a health care provider". So far, single cases have been reported in Missouri, Ohio, and Washington.

The state has not named any eatery involved in the outbreak. 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.