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E.Coli Lettuce Outbreak

posted Apr 19, 2018, 7:11 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Monique Snead

   On April 18, 2018, 53 cases of E. Coli outbreak has been reported in 16 states and 31 people have been sent to the hospital. The outbreak is believed to have come from chopped romaine lettuce has been expanded, and at least five of whom suffered kidney failure.a salad sitting on a table

    According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 18 more cases were added to their total from the update Wednesday, which is an increased from the centers update less than week ago. The also reported five more states have reported sick people; Alaska, Arizona, California, Louisiana and Montana.

    Officials believe that the contaminated lettuce was grown in Yuma, Arizona, though they have not identified a grower, supplier, distributor or brand.

     More cases have been reported across the tri-state area, with Pennsylvania having the most at 12; Next being Idaho with 10;  New Jersey coming in with 7 and New York and Connecticut having 3 cases each.

    The CDC added nine more hospitalizations to their count from last week, bringing their total to 31 cases. With 5 of those cases involving a kind of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome which is a serious condition caused by abnormal red blood cells.

     Anyone who has bought any type romaine lettuce is encouraged to throw away. Before buying this lettuce ask the the owner of the restaurant or grocery store if the lettuce came from Yuma, Arizona.

     According to NBC, health officials say the outbreak started in late March. Symptoms vary and can range from mild to severe diarrhea to nausea and vomiting, usually there is little or no fever present.

     E.Coli can spread from an infected person, contaminated food or water, by touching contaminated surfaces, says the CDC.

        Uploaded: 4/19/18

          Edited: MM