Don’t Eat Romaine Lettuce due to E. coli O157:H7 CDC Warns

CDC is advising U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not to serve or sell any, until we learn more about the new outbreak. As of November 20, 2018, 32 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 11 states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York), with most cases (10) in California. Of 26 people with information available, 50% were hospitalized, including one person who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. The Public Health of Canada has identified 18 ill people infected with the same DNA fingerprint of E. coli O157:H7 in two Canadian provinces: Ontario (2) and Quebec (15). Six individuals have been hospitalized, and one individual suffered from hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS). Most of the individuals who became sick in Ontario and Quebec reported eating romaine lettuce before their illnesses occurred. Individuals reported eating romaine lettuce at home, as well as in prepared salads purchased at grocery stores, or from menu items ordered at restaurants and fast food chains. @

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