More cases reported in deadly USE coli outbreak linked to leafy greens

More cases reported in deadly USE coli outbreak linked to leafy greens

An announcement was made on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which revealed seven more reports of E. coli infections that have spread to two more states, Maryland and New Jersey, in the ongoing outbreak.

"They know that romaine lettuce is the source of the E. coli outbreak, but they're not sure what the cause of contamination is", Yade said of Canada's progress in investigating the product.

The CDC says the likely source of the outbreak in the US appears to be leafy greens, but officials have not specifically identified a type of greens eaten by people who became ill.

The Public Health Agency of Canada reported that "no individual has become ill after December 12, 2017".

In an interview with NBC News, a CDC official said that even though Canadian authorities have linked the outbreak to romaine, USA food safety workers haven't been able to identify a single food consumed by everyone affected.

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) showed the STEC O157:H7 strain from ill people in the United States was closely related genetically to the strain from those infected in Canada. The CDC has information on only 18 people, one of whom died and two of whom developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. Consumer Reports still warned against eating romaine.

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Of the 24 known infections in the United States, the most recent was December 12. Canadian health officials previously identified romaine lettuce as the cause of the outbreak there. CDC should conduct the investigation while providing timely public information, she recommended. Consumers there are no longer being advised to avoid eating romaine lettuce.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include diarrhea (often bloody) and stomach cramps.

In collaboration with our association colleagues we'd like to share the following update to last week's communications regarding the E. coli O157:H7 foodborne illness outbreak that has impacted many members.

A common source of E. coli illness is raw fruits and vegetables that have come in contact with feces from infected animals.

By Dec. 28, there were more than 40 cases under investigation in Canada and one reported death. Lettuce can also be contaminated by bacteria during and after harvest. Officials determined that the E. coli bacteria found in both countries were genetically "related".

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