Coli outbreak from romaine lettuce found in Florida

Coli outbreak from romaine lettuce found in Florida

Coli outbreak from romaine lettuce found in Florida

Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 13, 2018 to April 25, 2018.

The states with the highest concentration of cases are California, Idaho, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Three people have been hospitalized. But the other 141 cases are still not linked to a farm, processor, distributor, grocery store, or restaurant. Both MDH and MDA are continuing to investigate.

Today the federal agency added 28 more people from 12 states, including Texas, to the list of those sickened by the bacterial outbreak first reported in early April. Fifty-two have required hospitalization.

Health officials have tied the E. coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, which provides most of the romaine sold in the USA during the winter. “The Yuma growing region includes part of western Arizona and extends into the Imperial Valley of southeastern California, but does not include Salinas Valley or other growing regions in California.”.

Lettuce from the Yuma region should no longer be on sale, but people should check their refrigerators for lettuce that may have been grown in that region, the health department said.

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Symptoms of E. coli infection include stomach cramps and diarrhea, often with bloody stools. People typically become ill two to five days after exposure, but this period can range from one to eight days. It may be because people in those states eat more romaine lettuce, or are eat out more frequently. The largest American E. coli flare-up since 2006, when contaminated spinach was the culprit, is expected to continue for several weeks. Children younger than 10, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely to develop complications.

"Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with suspected E. coli O157 infections until diagnostic testing can be performed and E. coli O157 infection is ruled out", the CDC said.

Approximately 135 cases of E. coli O157 are reported each year in Minnesota.

The only source found for the outbreak so far is Harrison Farms, which supplied only the whole-head romaine lettuce to a correctional facility in Alaska. CDC is expected to announce a new national count shortly.

Because labels on romaine lettuce do not often list growing regions, it can be hard for a consumer to tell whether the lettuce they are purchasing is part of the outbreak.

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