Multistate E. coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce from Arizona

35 sick from E. Coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce

35 sick from E. Coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce

"We're finding a common relationship and that people have all eaten a specific type of lettuce so not all types of lettuce, but romaine lettuce", said Chief Medical Executive Dr. Eden Wells from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Montana epidemiologist Rachel Hinnenkamp said via email that those with symptoms of an E. coli infection should consult with their health care provider, “write down what you ate in the week before you became ill, report your illness to your local health department, and assist public health investigators by answering questions about your illness.”. However, preliminary information indicates that the chopped romaine lettuce was from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. 22 were hospitalized after eating chopped romaine that came from what's known as the "winter lettuce capitol" of the world, Yuma.

Chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, was possibly linked to the current E. coli outbreak in several states in the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a warning Sunday. Confirmed and suspected cases have also been identified in Missoula, Lincoln and Ravalli counties. The majority of E. Coli cases — 69 percent — occurred in women, although people of both genders ages 12 to 84 years have been affected by the outbreak. Most people with an E. coli infection start feeling sick three to four days after eating or drinking something that contains the bacteria.

35 cases were reported in 11 states due to the contamination, resulting in 22 hospitalizations. This takes an average of two to three weeks.

Symptoms of E. coli infection vary for each person, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting.

Consumer Reports said it would be hard for buyers to tell where the romaine was grown, which is why they are saying consumers should avoid romaine altogether until the threat passes. However, illnesses can start anywhere from 1 to 10 days after exposure.

Those who want to purchase romaine salad at grocery stores should first confirm that it was not grown in Yuma, Arizona, according to the CDC.

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