CDC: Outbreak of E.coli infections linked to romaine lettuce

CDC: Outbreak of E.coli infections linked to romaine lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a broad alert on Tuesday warning of an E. coli outbreak linked to the popular type of lettuce.

In alarming news for anyone who, say, ate a romaine lettuce salad in the past week: the CDC is warning of a new E. coli contamination. Of those, 13 people have been hospitalized and one person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure. An additional 18 people were sickened in Canada.

"If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away", the CDC said. People usually get sick within three or four days of consuming contaminated lettuce, the alert aid.

The cases in the current outbreak started emerging on October 8.

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The new outbreak, according to DNA fingerprints, includes the same strain of E. coli as a 2017 leafy green outbreak in the US and romaine lettuce outbreak in Canada.

The cases range in states all over the country, with the most concentrated area in California. The advice includes all types of romaine lettuce including salad mixes that contain romaine. In what is frankly a goddamn terrifying article, the Washington Post warns: "The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased".

There is a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) linked to romaine lettuce.

Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea and vomiting. Pregnant women, those with weakened immune systems, young children and older adults are the demographics who are most at risk for developing serious complications due to E. coli-related illness.

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