United States customers advised to throw away romaine lettuce amid E. coli outbreak

United States customers advised to throw away romaine lettuce amid E. coli outbreak

No romaine lettuce, in any form, grown in the Yuma, Arizona, area is completely safe from E. coli, federal officials warn as the disease outbreak grows to affect more than 50 people nationwide.

The CDC has issued an E. coli warning about all romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona area. So far, no common grower, brand, distributor, or supplier has been identified as the specific source of the outbreak. However, compared to others, these patients consumed whole heads of romaine lettuce whereas most of the others who fell ill consumed romaine lettuce from restaurant salads that were made from bagged, chopped romaine lettuce.

The latest warning came after eight prisoners at a correctional facility in Nome, Alaska, came down with acute gastroenteritis caused by Escherichia coli (E.coli) O157:H7 bacteria.

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The following information from the CDC website indicates that consumers should not "buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region".

In the USA, the infected lettuce has come from the Yuma region in Arizona. "If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away". In fact, just two days before the latest outbreak update, the CDC reported that none of the ill people reported eating whole heads or hearts of romaine lettuce. People should also wash their hands after cleaning lettuce. Most develop diarrhea that can be bloody, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. As of yet, the infected states include: Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri, Louisiana, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Alaska. No deaths have been reported.

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