Publicado: Сб, Ноября 24, 2018
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Coli Outbreak Again Strikes Romaine Lettuce; CDC Says Avoid All Romaine

Coli Outbreak Again Strikes Romaine Lettuce; CDC Says Avoid All Romaine

So far, 32 people in 11 states have become sick from eating the contaminated romaine lettuce and 13 of those have been hospitalized, according to health officials.

The CDC noted that the "fingerprint" of the E. coli detected in recent weeks matches the DNA makeup of the version that was found in leafy greens in 2017, but not in the romaine lettuce that sickened about 200 people in April and May.

The alerts, issued as millions of Americans plan their Thanksgiving Day menus, covered all forms of romaine, including whole heads, hearts, bags, mixes and Caesar salad. As the agency investigates the outbreak, it said anyone with romaine lettuce in their house should throw it away, even if no one has gotten sick from it.

Restaurants have been told not to serve any romaine lettuce, and advice to consumers is to "wash and sanitise drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored".

The Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday issued a warning to everyone in the United States: Do not eat any romaine lettuce.

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People began to fall ill in early October.

The FDA reiterated this advice, saying: "People should not eat romaine lettuce until more is known about the source of the contaminated lettuce and the status of the outbreak".

The agency said that it is now "conducting a traceback investigation to determine the source of the romaine lettuce eaten by people who became sick". Evidence from both the U.S. and Canadian outbreaks point toward romaine lettuce as the cause of both.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection vary from person to person, but most often include severe stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes a mild fever. These illnesses were identified in Quebec and Ontario. The previous outbreak page, which was last updated in late June, shows that a total of 210 confirmed E. coli infections were logged, with 96 hospitalizations and 5 deaths.

Officials were uncertain of the source of the tainted lettuce. As with past outbreaks, the CDC will publish other future advisories with additional information when it becomes available.

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