Publicado: Jue, Noviembre 22, 2018
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

E. Coli Outbreak in Ontario, Quebec Linked to Romaine Lettuce

E. Coli Outbreak in Ontario, Quebec Linked to Romaine Lettuce

There have been 18 confirmed cases of E. coli under investigation in Canada - three in Ontario and 15 in Quebec - connected with romaine lettuce.

While it can in cases be life-threatening, most people recover within a week.

USA health officials are warning people to stay away from romaine as an investigation into the link between the lettuce and an E. coli outbreak takes place. Typical symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

According the CDC, the E. coli outbreak has sickened 32 people in 11 states.

"The caseloads are higher in the U.S.so it might suggest a little bit more of a severe response in the US", he said.

The Public Health Agency says this outbreak is caused by the same strain of E. Coli identified in an outbreak in December 2017.

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Epidemiologic evidence from the United States and Canada indicates that romaine lettuce is a likely source of the outbreak. Ill people reported eating different types of romaine lettuce in several restaurants and at home. On Wednesday, they said they were temporarily taking hundreds of products containing the vegetable off shelves at thousands of grocery stores that they own.

Loblaws, Canada's largest food retailer and the parent company of a number of grocery chains in B.C. including T&T Supermarket, Real Canadian Superstore and No Frills, says "out of an abundance of caution" it is recalling and removing romaine lettuce products from stores shelves across Canada.

"I strongly believe that Health Canada/CFIA should call for retailers and wholesalers to remove all off shelves, as well as a recall to consumers", he told The Canadian Press.

Chan added that most of Canada's romaine lettuce is imported from the US because Canada's growing season ended in August.

They say the people that got sick are between 5 and 93 years of age and 56 per cent are female.

If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.

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