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PHOENIX – Chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is suspected in an E. coli outbreak that has hospitalized 22 people, according to a Friday report of the US Centers UU for Disease Control and Prevention.
To date, 35 cases have been reported in 11 states, the CDC said. Nobody has died. Three people have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, the CDC said in a statement.
No producer, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified as the source of the outbreak, the CDC said.
The agency is advising consumers anywhere in the United States to dispose of any chopped romaine lettuce in their home, including salads and salad mixes that contain chopped romaine lettuce.
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The first case was reported on March 22, and six people became ill on March 26, the peak day of the outbreak so far, the CDC reported.
At least eight people became ill in Idaho and eight in Pennsylvania, the CDC said.
Affected people are between 12 and 84 years old, and more women than men have become ill, CDC said.
The outbreak has reached the entire country, making people from Washington to Connecticut sick. Although it is related to Yuma, no one in Arizona has reported illnesses yet.
Of the 28 sick people interviewed, 26 reported eating Romaine the week before their illness began, most in a salad at a restaurant, the CDC said.
It is possible that the outbreak has affected more people who have become ill in recent weeks but have not yet reported it.
Wherever you live in North America, if you are eating a salad at home or in a restaurant from January to March, it is likely that the lettuce comes from the Yuma area.
Yuma is the largest provider of winter vegetables in the country: lettuce, cabbage, spinach, kale, spring mix and more.
Now that it's April, the Roman majority of lettuce comes from California. That lettuce is not affected by the outbreak, according to a joint statement from industry leaders, including the Produce Marketing Association.
"We are cooperating fully with the government and working closely to further identify the specific source of this outbreak," he said, noting that the notice affects only chopped and bagged lettuces, not whole heads or hearts. romaine
"Our deepest condolences to those who have been affected by this outbreak."
How to detect signs of E. coli
According to the CDC, it takes an average of three to four days to get sick after eating foods infected with E. coli, but it can take up to eight days.
Most people experience diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting and recover within a week. Any sick person should contact a doctor if the diarrhea "lasts more than 3 days or is accompanied by a high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomit that the fluids can not contain and very little urine passes," according to the CDC.
Children younger than 5 years, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop hemolytic uremic syndrome.
"Symptoms of HUS may include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruising or bleeding from the nose and mouth, and decreased urination," according to the CDC. People who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical attention.
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