E.Coli Outbreak Expected to Worsen

Henrietta Strickland
May 17, 2018

Any romaine lettuce being sold now is nearly certainly not from the Yuma, Arizona region and so unlikely to carry the E. coli bacteria that's been making people sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

In April, the CDC warned Americans to toss out any romaine lettuce they might have bought in stores.

Iowa, Nebraska and OR are the latest states to report illnesses linked to the outbreak, joining 29 states that previously reported cases.

Officials have warned against continuing consumption of Romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

The agency said the latest illnesses began May 2.

Lawsuits against chains including Red Lobster, Panera, and Papa Murphy's have been filed in response to a food-poisoning outbreak that has sickened at least 121 people in 25 USA states.

But the last shipments of romaine lettuce from Yuma were harvested on April 16, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Of the 157 people who were ill that the CDC has information on, 75 have been hospitalized and 20 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), the form of kidney failure that can be fatal. "The most recent illnesses reported to CDC started when romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region was probably still available in stores, restaurants, and in peoples' homes".

Another lawsuit, one of at least two filed against Red Lobster, claims that Rosalie Styles consumed a Caesar salad made with romaine lettuce at a Red Lobster restaurant in Peoria, Arizona, in late March.

It's the worst outbreak of E. coli since 2006 when illnesses traced to spinach killed three and sickened more than 270.

Since 1995, there have been 78 outbreaks linked to leafy greens, he said.

Styles was admitted to the hospital after experiencing nausea, abdominal cramps, fatigue and bloody diarrhea, according to the complaint.

So far there has only been one death recorded, in California.

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