CDC Says Romaine Lettuce is Source of e. Coli Breakout

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An E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has sickened almost three dozen people across 11 states.

Culver's and Noodles & Company are two of the restaurants who have responded to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention recall.

Anyone with symptoms of a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infection, which include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, should call their health care provider, and DeKalb County residents should call the health department at 815-758-6673. Many said they ate salads with romaine lettuce at restaurants, and these businesses told health officials that they used store-bought chopped romaine lettuce. (Yuma is the nation's largest supplier of winter greens such as lettuce, cabbage, spinach, kale, and spring mix.) At last report, the FDA had not yet identified the growers, suppliers and distributors of any of this contaminated lettuce. If you can not confirm the source of the chopped romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it. These symptoms typically manifest three or four days after you've been exposed to the bacteria, although it's possible to feel ill as soon as one day after or up to more than week later. Three of the cases resulted in hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially life-threatening type of kidney failure.

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection or HUS after consuming food and you're interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation.

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Most people recover within one week. But, according to Consumer Reports, it's best to stop eating romaine lettuce altogether.

To stay safe, the CDC advises consumers to avoid romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona.

You may have noticed, it's been hard to find romaine lettuce at stores or restaurants this week.

Marler said he expects the number of reported illnesses nationwide to grow as officials investigate how romaine harvested from the Yuma region made it to retailers and restaurants around the country.

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