E. coli outbreak linked to romaine appears to be over

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine appears to be over

There's new information on the deadly E. coli outbreak that News 10 has been tracking that could be linked to romaine lettuce.

While the cause of contamination has not been identified, there have been no illnesses beyond December 12, 2017, the agency says.

The CDC believes the USA and Canadian cases could be related, but isn't ready to issue a a specific warning about romaine.

Federal health officials reported seven additional cases of E. coli illness Wednesday in a deadly E. coli outbreak that has now struck 15 USA states.

In Canada, health officials said romaine lettuce is now safe to eat.

The Center for Disease Control, several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating at least 17 people sickened in 13 states: California (3), CT (2), IL (1), in (1), MI (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (2), NY (1), OH (1), Pennsylvania (1), Virginia (1), Vermont (1) and Washington (1).

As part of the investigation into the source of contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency tested romaine lettuce for the presence of E. coli.

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Cases by state is as follows: California (4), CT (2), IL (1), IN (2), Maryland (3), MI (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (1), NY (1), OH (1), Pennsylvania (2), Vermont (1), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).

Nevertheless, the short shelf life of salads may mean the outbreak isn't likely to get worse; the people affected got sick in mid-November and early December. And Consumer Reports recommended that people avoid that leafy green until more information is available.

Companies like Wendy's have voluntarily stopped serving it.

The symptoms of an E. coli O157:H7 infection include severe and painful stomach and abdominal cramps, diarrhea that is bloody and/or watery, and mild fever.

This infection can sometimes develop into a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a type of kidney failure.

Consumer Reports still warned against eating romaine. Our lawyers represent people sickened with bacterial infections in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against retailers, grocery stores, food processors, restaurants, daycare centers, schools, and others.

On the same day, CDC announced the E. coli strains appeared related but would not identify a source of the infections.

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