Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

MI included in multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to contaminated romaine

MI included in multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to contaminated romaine

States that have reported people infected with the E. coli strain include Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and MI.

Traceback investigations are ongoing to determine the source of chopped romaine lettuce supplied to restaurant locations where ill people ate.

So far 35 cases of E. coli illness in 11 states have been reported and linked to the outbreak.

Consumer Reports said it would be hard for buyers to tell where the romaine was grown, which is why they are saying consumers should avoid romaine altogether until the threat passes.

"At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified", the CDC said. The Produce Marketing Association, Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, United Fresh and Western Growers released a statement on the outbreak, and reassured consumers that almost all romaine lettuce now being harvested and shipped throughout the from the California growing areas.

An undated stock photo of leaves of 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".

Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) occurs as a result of the abnormal destruction of red blood cells.

Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, decreased urination or presence of blood in the urine, seizures, fatigue, bleeding from the nose and mouth, pallor, abdominal pain, vomiting, swelling, high blood pressure, and fever. Anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor immediately.

"Consumer Reports is making this recommendation given the potentially fatal consequences of E. coli, the fact that there are still several unknowns about this outbreak, and that no type of romaine has been ruled definitively safe by government officials", Consumer Reports Director of Food Safety Research and Testing James E. Rogers, Ph.D., said. Officials also warned about salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce.

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Of the eight infected, three people were hospitalized and two have developed kidney failure.

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