CDC: 67 people ill as E. coli outbreak spreads to 19 states

Daniel Fowler
November 29, 2019

"CDC continues to advise that consumers not eat and retailers not sell any romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California". The investigation is ongoing to determine the source of contamination and identify any additional products that may be linked to the illnesses.

Sixty-seven people have been infected across 19 states in an E. coli outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. No deaths have been reported.

Since the Friday 22 November announcement, all PMA communications have explicitly stated that all forms and products containing Romaine lettuce of any type or use at all points of consumption or purchase that can not be specifically known to have been GROWN outside the named CA counties be removed from inventory and POP display. In that instance, Missa Bay, LLC, a Swedesboro, N.J. establishment, recalled the salad. Most of the people sickened live in Wisconsin, which reported 21 patients, and OH, which reported 12.

Our hearts are with all in our industry and those it serves who have been impacted by this E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. New Mexico, Texas and Virginia had two cases a piece.

Hydroponically and greenhouse-grown romaine, which is labeled as "indoor grown", does not appear to be related to the current outbreak.

This outbreak is caused by the same strain in the outbreaks linked to leafy greens in 2017 and to romaine lettuce in 2018, the CDC said. It is the most common Shiga-toxin-carrying E. coli to infect humans in the US-and many other places.

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Symptoms associated with E. coli include bloody diarrhea, vomiting and severe stomach cramps and usually develop within three to four days.

The advice on the CDC website is: "Contact your healthcare provider if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 days or diarrhea that is accompanied by a fever higher than 102˚F, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you can not keep liquids down and you pass very little urine".

While most people get better within a week, some infections could become life-threatening, the CDC said.

Six people tested positive for E. coli after eating lettuce and other raw vegetables there.

While most recover from this syndrome, some can suffer permanent damage or die, the CDC said.

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