Romaine, E.coli

An outbreak which is linked to the romaine lettuce has now been spread to the large mass, and presently about 98 people are sick from that outbreak as the federal health officials say it on Friday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration, due to the Romaine lettuce more than half had been hospitalized and it is due to the strain of E.coli which cause this outbreak, and this is the worst outbreak in the history. People from about 22 states have reported about suffering from E.coli infections as said by CDC and FDA.

The bacteria which is responsible for the outbreak of E.coli is so virulent that everyone who is eating the romaine lettuce should start avoiding to eat the same. The origin of the infection is still not clear whether it is from the Yuma, Arizona area or not as said by CDC’s Matt Wise. No death reports have been reported till now.

Wise in a telephone briefing told reporters, “People should not be eating any romaine lettuce unless they know for sure that it is not coming from the Yuma region.” Till now, 98 cases of E.coli illness have been reported due to the romaine lettuce in about 22 states.

Since 2006, this outbreak is said to be the worst outbreak of E.coli, when the illness that arises due to this has been traced to spinach which killed three, and it sickened about 270 people. A farm which is in California was the source of the bacteria, and according to the experts, the infection might have come from the cow manure which was traced into the farm by wild pigs or some streams.

This infection also affects eight prison inmates in Alaska. A farm named as Harrison Farms of Yuma, Arizona is the source of whole-head romaine lettuce for the prison as reported by FDA’s Stic Harris. He added by saying “the remainder has been all been chopped, bagged romaine.”

FDA and CDC said that the growing season for lettuce is over in Yuma but they cannot guarantee about the outbreak is over or not. They claim that the infected romaine may still be available in the grocery store or any person’s refrigerators. CDC said in an advisory that, “If you do not know whether lettuce is romaine, do not eat it. This includes lettuce in a salad mix.”


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