Saturday, 22 September, 2018

CDC Says Romaine Lettuce is Source of e. Coli Breakout

CDC Says Romaine Lettuce is Source of e. Coli Breakout CDC Says Romaine Lettuce is Source of e. Coli Breakout
Melissa Porter | 18 April, 2018, 13:14

The Delaware Division of Public Health is advising people of a multi-state outbreak of E. Coli linked to chopped romaine lettuce. South Dakota and surrounding states at this time do not have a case.

Confirmed and suspected cases have been identified in Missoula, Flathead, Lincoln and Ravalli counties and include 3 hospitalizations.

The Centers for Disease Control says 35 people from 11 states have been infected with the strain of E. coli from romaine lettuce.

Pinpointing the exact location of the E. coli infection has been hard. Some people may have a low fever, less than 101˚F/38.5˚C. Though it is rare, hemolytic uremic syndrome can occur in particularly severe cases of E. coli infection, particularly among young children and older adults. Five percent to 10 percent of infections progress to a type of life-threatening kidney failure.

A spokesperson from Culver's said they are looking into lettuce other than romaine and hope to be selling salads by next week. If you do not know if the chopped lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.

Arizona is the nation's second-largest grower of lettuce in the USA, after California. If you can not confirm the source of the chopped romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it. Since the Centers of Disease Control issued its voluntary recall of Romaine lettuce on April 13, 2018, Culver's 650+ restaurants have suspended sales of all entrée and side salads which contain Romaine lettuce. Since then, the CDC and FDA have found 35 people in 11 states - one of whom is an IL resident - became ill between March 22 and March 31, with 26 of 28 of those people saying they'd eaten romaine lettuce in the week before they became sick, the release said.

Restaurants and retailers are being told to do the same thing.

An announcement from the Illinois Department of Public Health said one East Central Illinois resident became ill after eating the lettuce.