E Coli Outbreak Reported in 16 US States Caused by a Common

first_img E. Coli Outbreak Reported in 16 US States, Caused by a Common Food Item By Jack Phillips April 20, 2018 Updated: April 22, 2018 US News Officials on Friday, April 20, said that consumers should avoid all types of romaine lettuce from southwestern Arizona due to a nationwide E. coli outbreak that’s left dozens of people ill.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it is “warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.”“This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine,” the CDC said.Romaine lettuce has been identified as the source of e. coli bacteria which has killed two people in the past three weeks. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Previously, the agency said that consumers should avoid chopped romaine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that at least 53 people have been sickened in all. Alaska, Arizona, California, Louisiana, and Montana reported sick people, the update said. It added that “31 people have been hospitalized, including five people who have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.”“This is a higher hospitalization rate than usual for E. coli O157:H7 infections, which is normally around 30 percent,” said the agency. Thirty-one “people out of 48 [cases] with available information (65 percent) have been hospitalized, including five who developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome,” the CDC reported.The CDC says that 16 states have been impacted by the outbreak.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   “Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away,” said the CDC.It adds: “Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, confirm with the store or restaurant that it is not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. If you cannot confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it.”Restaurants and retailers, meanwhile, should not serve romaine lettuce or salad mixes containing the vegetable grown in Yuma, Arizona. They should also ask their suppliers about the source of the lettuce. https://vs.youmaker.com/assets/2018/0416/d3c68f53-5cfd-4ccd-6388-2968b294092e/video_1080p.mp4 center_img Share Show Discussion Recommended Video: How Doctors in China Turn into Murderers  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this articlelast_img read more