CDC: 11-State E. Coli Outbreak Likely from Chopped Romaine Lettuce

Posted April 14, 2018

Twenty-two ill people have been hospitalized, including three people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce. The FDA now does not have information to indicate that whole-head romaine lettuce or hearts of romaine have contributed to this outbreak.

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.

"Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 22, 2018 to March 31, 2018".

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And, before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or at a restaurant, they warn people to make sure it did not come from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.

"We are cooperating fully with the government and working closely to further identify the specific source of this outbreak", the joint statement said". All eight report eating romaine lettuce in the 10 days prior to becoming ill. Three cases of E. coli in Arizona have been linked to this multistate outbreak.

Officials have been analyzing the DNA of the bacterial strain in order to link the individual illnesses to the larger outbreak.

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Sarah Perramant, Warren County, New Jersey's public health epidemiologist, made clear that officials are not "concretely determined" that Panera is the source of the outbreak but that it is a "regional investigation".

The CDC has said these complications are is more common older adults, young children and those with weakened immune systems.

That percentage was significantly higher than a survey of healthy people, where 46 percent eat chopped romaine lettuce during the previous week. Now, recent CDC reports confirmed one E. Coli case in Ohio. The lettuce has been found in both restaurants and private homes.

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The advice is based on interviews with 28 of the ill individuals in which 93% of them reported consuming romaine lettuce within the week they began feeling sick. This is a preliminary investigation of a half-dozen cases in the four counties. Because of this, it's not uncommon for the food source associated with illness to remain undetermined.