Abstain from romaine: US, Canada warn of E. coli in lettuce

Abstain from romaine: US, Canada warn of E. coli in lettuce

Abstain from romaine: US, Canada warn of E. coli in lettuce

Charlebois said they're not even yet able to confidently narrow it down to a specific USA state.

With a series of E. coli outbreaks and contaminated romaine lettuce sweeping across the United States, the South Korean government has attempted to assuage local concern by confirming that lettuce produced and distributed in South Korea is safe.

USA authorities have reported 32 cases of E. coli, 13 of which involved a person who was hospitalized.

Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public-health officer, says experts tracing the patients' food histories found majority had eaten romaine lettuce in the days before they got sick.

So far the Canadian Food Inspection Agency hasn't issued a recall - but romaine lettuce is off the shelves at many Montreal-area stores.

The agency is investigating whether the Canadian illnesses are connected to lettuce imported from California.

With so many outbreaks, I don't know who would still want to have romaine lettuce in the near future.

The CDC advised that consumers "not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak".

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Escherichia coli O157, sometimes called VTEC, is a bacterial infection that can cause severe stomach pain, bloody diarrhea and kidney failure. The cases are evenly distributed among male and female individuals.

Dr. Gottlieb also says officials are working to supply the market with lettuce that will soon be harvested from different regions.

As of Thursday, the CDC was still advising people not to eat any romaine lettuce.

There have been 22 reported E-coli outbreaks in Canada since Wednesday, with the product as a possible factor.

The illnesses that were detected as part of this E. coli O157 outbreak occurred over a period of a few weeks from mid-October to early November. Leafy greens, such as lettuce, can become contaminated in the field by soil, water, animals or improperly composted manure. The refrigerator should also be cleaned before being restocked.

"Most E. coli strains are harmless to humans, but some varieties cause illness".

It can take up to 10 days for someone infected to start showing symptoms but the average is three to four days, according to the CDC.

Most symptoms end within five to ten days. However, some people can develop serious or life-threatening complications.

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