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Romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak infects two Saskatchewan residents

Romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak infects two Saskatchewan residents Romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak infects two Saskatchewan residents
Melissa Porter | 11 May, 2018, 14:30

Almost 150 people in 29 states - including four states reporting cases for the first time - have become sick from an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. In addition, four more states have reported ill people: Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Texas. While these symptoms are usually mild and most people recover within a week, occasionally they can become severe and even life-threatening with some people experiencing a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the CDC. At least one person has died. About 65 percent of those sickened are women.

"Of the 112 people interviewed, 102, or 91%, reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before their illness started", the CDC announced on its website May 9.

There are now no food recall warnings linked to this outbreak.

California leads the nation with 30 cases, followed by Pennsylvania with 20, and Idaho with 11.

The current outbreak is seen as a critical medical event because 64 of the 149 confirmed cases have required hospitalization.

The E.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce remains unstoppable.

Romaine lettuce is no longer being grown or distributed from this region, according to the FDA. Restaurants and retailers are also instructed not to sell or serve romaine lettuce, and to check with their suppliers regarding where their romaine lettuce is sourced.

However, it's unlikely that newly contaminated lettuce tied to this outbreak entered the market after April 13, he added.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has advised Canadians traveling to the USA or crossing the border to shop for groceries in the U.S.to follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when it comes to eating romaine lettuce. The Yuma region grows the overwhelming majority of the lettuce and other leafy greens consumed in the United States in the winter months through early April, before shifting to California's Central Valley and Salinas Valley.