Romaine lettuce to blame for multistate E. coli outbreak

Romaine lettuce sickens 35 people in 11 states

An outbreak of E. Coli in seven states, but Maryland is not included.

The other states affected include Connecticut, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, for a total of 17 cases.

In January a larger E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce was reported in 13 states, resulting in 58 hospitalizations and one death.

No word on what caused it.

This type of E. coli bacteria can cause bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps, vomiting, and low-grade fever. If you're not sure if the lettuce is romaine you should still throw it away.

Consumers who have store-bought chopped romaine at home should not eat it and should throw it away, the CDC said. Because of an average reporting delay of two to three weeks, illnesses that may have occurred after March 27 have not yet been counted.

This Tuesday, the CDC came out with a report stating that the source of the E. Coli outbreak has not yet been discovered.

A case of E.coli has been linked to 35 cases of sickness reported in several states, including two in CT.

Six people have been hospitalized, with one developing hemolytic uremic syndrome, a kidney condition. However, preliminary information indicates that the chopped romaine lettuce was from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. The Illinois resident reported consuming chopped romaine lettuce before illness onset, in central Illinois. The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads.

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.

It is still early in the investigation and no specific source of the infection has been identified so far. All we know so far is that this potentially deadly bacteria has infected people in states on both coasts of the U.S., and that it's sickening both young and old alike: the 17 ill patients range from age 12 to 84, and 65% are females.

Identifying a common source for E. coli infections is particularly challenging because individuals could potentially eat several meals spanning several places before experiencing symptoms and falling ill.

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