The latest romaine lettuce E.coli outbreak has now become the historic and deadly outbreak and goes past 2006 fresh spinach outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta now added that about four states and 28 confirmed cases of E.coli O157:H7 to about 9-week old outbreak. The infection is caused due to the romaine lettuce is possibly grown in the Yuma, AZ area.
This nationwide food poisoning outbreak due to E.coli has been spread to about 29 states and for which about 149 people have fallen ill and get admitted to hospital. The recent CDC report shows that there are four new states which are added to the affected state list, and they are Minnesota, Florida, North Dakota and Texas.
The number of the people who have fallen ill due to this are now increasing continuously. As per federal authorities who began to investigate about this a month ago, says that this is the worst case since the 2006 baby spinach E.coli outbreak which has affected 205 people and five have died.
The strain which is produced by E.coli bacteria causes toxin which causes vomiting and diarrhea, and in some of the cases, kidney failure may also occur. Out of 129 people, 64 people have been hospitalized, and 17 people have already developed kidney failure. One person has died from California, and the age of ill people ranges from 1 to 88 years old.
Minnesota state reported that the illness is occurring in the state since May and it is still growing. According to CDC officials, “Illnesses that occurred in the last two or three weeks might not yet be reported because of the time between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported.” In the seventh update which was given by CDC says that the romaine lettuce from the Yuma, AZ, maybe the reason behind the sickness of the people.
Since CDC first posted the warning about the romaine from the Yuma, all the representatives of the fresh produce industry are continuously warning the public and government investigators about the romaine lettuces that are harvested in this season in the Yuma area. By the end of the April, representatives claim that no romaine lettuce was shipped from the growers in the Yuma area.