Avoid eating romaine lettuce after E. Coli outbreak in US, Canada

Ebony Scott
January 5, 2018

A recent E. coli outbreak is now being linked to romaine lettuce. People in 13 states, including California, have been infected.

"In the United States, state and local public health officials are interviewing sick people to determine what they ate in the week before their illness started", the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated.

- Since Nov. 15, 2017, a unsafe strain of E. coli bacteria has caused 17 people in 13 U.S.states, including OH, to fall ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The outbreak started on dates from November 15 through December 8, according to the CDC.

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In Canada, 41 cases have been reported, and one person has died. This is the same type of E. coli that is responsible for the current outbreak in the United States and Canada.

"Canadian health authorities identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak in Canada, and are advising people in the country's eastern provinces to consider eating other types of salad greens until further notice", it said in a report published this week.

This strain of E. coli produces a toxin that, in some cases, can lead to serious illness, kidney problems and even death. Consumer Reports warns consumers that Romaine Lettuce should be avoided for now due to an outbreak of a very unsafe strain of E. coli bacteria. "This investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released as it becomes available", the agency said in a statement.

The illness usually takes one to three days before symptoms begin to show, which include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting.

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