The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about chopped romaine lettuce that is giving E.coli to people. The infection has spread through 11 states in the United States. ( Justin Sullivan | Getty Images )
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about the dangers of eating Romaine Romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. Lettuce grown in this region is likely to be the source of an E.coli outbreak throughout the country.
Outbreak figures continue to rise and now, people in 11 states have been affected by E. coli.
E Outbreak of .coli
In the latest update of the CDC on the current outbreak of E. coli, it says that there have been 35 cases of people contracting E. coli. Twenty-two of the cases have sent patients to the hospital. Three of the people have contracted hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure that can be life-threatening.
People who have been infected are between 12 and 84 years old. In the statement, the CDC says that if the outbreak spreads further, people should avoid eating lettuce if they can not determine where it comes from. No deaths have been reported since the outbreak began.
To date, the CDC has not identified any distributor, supplier or producer of romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak. He is still investigating how the outbreak occurred in the first place. Officials say that E.coli O157: H7 has infected people and that it involves a dangerous strain of bacteria called Shiga.
States that have reported suffering the outbreak include Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. The state with the highest number of infections is Pennsylvania, where nine people were infected. This is followed by Idaho with eight and New Jersey with seven.
Symptoms to consider
People who eat food infected with E. coli get sick about three or four days after eating food. This may go away in five to seven days, but some infections may become more serious. The symptoms of E.coli can vary from diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.
The CDC says that people who present these symptoms should see a doctor immediately. During this outbreak, people have also contracted hemolytic uremic syndrome, which has more severe symptoms than regular E. coli. These symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, unexplained bruising, bleeding from the nose and mouth, and decreased urination.
HUS is more likely to develop in people younger than 5 years old, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. There was a separate E.coli outbreak in late 2017, which resulted in a death
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