E.Coli, Romaine Lettuce

The Public Health officials are giving warnings to all the consumers to avoid any of romaine lettuce from Southwest Arizona due to the E.coli outbreak. The outbreak has spread to about at least 16 states, and it has affected about 60 people which includes eight inmates at an Alaska prison.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, the new information that comes from Alaska about the illness led them to issue warnings about chopped romaine lettuce which also include whole heads and hearts of romaine.

The exact source of contamination has not yet been confirmed, but federal health officials said, that the information that is available indicates that the contaminated lettuce was grown in the Yuma, Ariz area. The consumers who are in the United States have bought the store romaine to home and use the same in salads, and salad mixes should throw the salads out immediately.

There are about 31 people who got hospitalized after they have fallen sicken. Among the 31 people, five have already suffered from a potentially life-threatening kidney failure which is known as a hemolytic uremic syndrome. Till now, no deaths have been reported due to contamination.

The inmates who become sick after eating the contaminated lettuce from whole heads of romaine which came from Yuma growing region, at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome.

The symptoms of the infection include bad stomach pain, diarrhoea and vomiting and more serious complications may arise like kidney failure. According to the CDC, consumers should throw all the lettuce and need not to buy or eat romaine lettuce at any grocery store or restaurant until they confirm that it is not from Yuma area. Till now, no common grower, supplier, brand or distributor has been identified as said by officials.


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