E. coli tied to lettuce sickens dozens in 11 states

Henrietta Strickland
April 16, 2018

CDC investigators don't believe this outbreak is connected to the one that occurred late previous year in the United States and Canada, although it is the same potentially deadly strain, E.coli O157:H7.

Information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.

The federal response to this outbreak stands in contrast to the E. coli outbreak this past winter, when investigators at the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration did not make definitive consumer recommendations. Most people reported eating a salad at a restaurant, and romaine lettuce was the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten.

"If you can not confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it", the CDC said. As the number of people being infected by the disease has been increasing, health officials raised concerns about the consumption of the vegetable as no particular brand of lettuce has been identified so far. But there have been a few recalls issued in connection with this matter. People in the previous outbreak were infected with a different DNA fingerprint of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. Fresh Foods has recalled salads made with chopped romaine, and Freshway Foods has recalled salads as well. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. If a fever is present, it is usually less than 101°F. "Anyone experiencing symptoms of this illness should see a healthcare provider". If you can not determine the source of your chopped romaine lettuce, do not sell or serve it. If it is unclear from where the lettuce came from Yuma, do not purchase it, CDC suggested. We get answers, compensation for our clients who have been injured, and justice through our work. Attorney Fred Pritzker and his team recently won $7.5 million for young client whose kidneys failed because of hemolytic uremic syndrome after an E. coli O157:H7 infection.

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