Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Coli outbreak in 7 states

Coli outbreak in 7 states

A statement was released from Dr. Matthew Cartter from Connecticut Department of Public Health, which said in part, "We are assisting the CDC in investigating a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections".

As of April 13, 2018, thirty-five people in 11 states have been sickened and 22 of those patients were so severely ill, they had to be hospitalized, the CDC said. "If you or someone from your family recently ate store-bought chopped romaine lettuce and are experiencing symptoms, please seek medical treatment immediately". An investigation points toward romaine lettuce originating from Arizona as the cause, but at this point no specific brand, grower, supplier, or distributor has been identified. Specifically, government officials are advising consumers not to consume chopped, bagged romaine grown in Yuma. "At this time, ill people are not reporting whole heads or hearts of romaine". The age range of those infected ranges from 12 to 84 years old. If the store or restaurant can't definitely tell you that it didn't, do not buy it or eat it.

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The department says that the infected lettuce had been consumed both in homes and at restaurants. The CDC recommends the following food safety precautions to avoid many types of food-borne illnesses including infections from E. coli bacteria.

The states reporting cases of the especially nasty strain are Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and CT, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notice published this week. Out of the 28 people interviewed with the infection, 26 of them have reported consuming romaine lettuce the week before their outbreak began.

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Nor should consumers eat chopped romaine lettuce in restaurants unless they are sure the produce was grown outside the Yuma growing area. Of those people, 22 have been hospitalized and three developed kidney failure.

The agency stressed that E. coli illness can be very serious, even deadly. Most people suffer severe and painful stomach and abdominal cramps, accompanied by diarrhea that is bloody and watery.

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