Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce


The CDC advises consumers to throw away any romaine that might be from the Yuma region even if some of it has been eaten already with no sign of illness. Forty-two ill people have been hospitalized, including nine people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. Sixty-five percent of ill people are female.

Health officials say you should talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection and report your illness to your local health department.

At this time, the CDC says no brand, distributor or grower has been directly linked to the outbreak.

-This advice includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

The sweeping advisory came after information tied to some new illnesses prompted health officials to caution against eating all kinds of romaine lettuce that came from Yuma, where the outbreak began. He says, "No one should get sick just because they ate a salad".

Of the eighty-four people sick, 42 people have been hospitalized.

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Ron McIntire, owner of 15 Super 1 Foods in the area, said his stores have pulled all romaine lettuce from their shelves until the product receives certification from the Department of Agriculture.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said all romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region should not be eaten.

While the tainted romaine lettuce is thought to have originated from Yuma, Ariz., "product labels often do not identify growing regions; so throw out any romaine lettuce if you're uncertain about where it was grown", the agency said in its warning.

"This bacteria can actually get inside the lettuce leaf", he said. This outbreak is different from one that sickened 66 people and killed one person across North America in late 2017 and early 2018.

Although there have not been any confirmed cases of E. Coli in Indiana, Wenig wasn't taking any chances.

Anyone who has eaten romaine lettuce and experienced any of these symptoms is urged to seek medical attention. Company spokespeople tell the Lansing State Journal that their romaine is sourced from central California or other growing regions. Those most at risk for E. coli illness include the very young, the very old and individuals with compromised immune systems.