Do not eat romaine lettuce — CDC warns

Do not eat romaine lettuce — CDC warns

The FDA, CDC, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency are investigating the outbreak.

The findings were reported on Tuesday, when the C.D.C. reportedly tied a recent outbreak of illnesses to the vegetable. So far, there have been no cases in Washington State.

The alert comes after a reported 32 people in 11 states became ill from eating contaminated romaine.

This strain - E. coli O157:H7 - is the same as the one which caused an outbreak past year from romaine and unspecified leafy greens grown in Canada.

If you have any brand or type of romaine lettuce at home, you should throw it away, even if you ate some and did not get sick, the CDC cautioned. "In the meantime, we'll continue to take action around this outbreak to help protect American consumers from eating potentially contaminated romaine lettuce as our current investigation unfolds", Gottlieb continued.

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The CDC has reported that there has been a new outbreak of cases of E. coli tied to romaine lettuce.

The agency also advised consumers to wash and sanitise drawers and shelves where the lettuce was stored.

He said there is not enough information to trace the outbreak back to specific suppliers, hence the encompassing warning and no recall. As with past outbreaks, the CDC will publish other future advisories with additional information when it becomes available. More severe infections can lead to kidney failure. This time around, the CDC warns that "any type of romaine lettuce" should be trashed.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. MI has the second-most reported cases, with seven. Children under age 5 and adults over age 65, along with people who have weakened immune systems, are most at risk for serious complications after ingesting the bacteria.

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