Coli Cases Identified: Consumer Reports Says Romaine Still a Risk to Eat

12 January, 2018, 06:17 | Author: Lynne Higgins
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In Canada, health officials now say the outbreak appears to be over. Consumer Reports, however, is still saying to avoid romaine lettuce.

The case count by state is: California (4), CT (2), IL (1), IN (2), Maryland (3), MI (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (1), NY (1), OH (1), Pennsylvania (2), Vermont (1), Virginia (1), and Washington (1). Forty-six percent reported eating romaine lettuce the week before they were interviewed.

Healthy adults usually recover within a week, but young children and older adults have an increased risk of developing a life-threatening type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

This is about the same timing of an outbreak of E. coli in Canada, which health officials declared over on Wednesday.

CDC is not recommending that US residents avoid any particular food given the short shelf life of leafy greens and because a specific type of leafy greens has not been identified. Individuals became sick in November and early December 2017. The food-safety experts at leading consumer advocacy group Consumer Reports advised avoiding romaine lettuce, any products with romaine in them, a warning reiterated on Wednesday evening. The CDC says leafy greens are the likely source. CDC continues to work with regulatory partners in several states, at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to identify the source. She said it's still unclear whether FDA is intensifying testing of US and imported products in the wake of Canada's findings.

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"The FDA's outbreak investigation team is working with CDC and state and local officials to determine what ill people ate, where they bought it, and the distribution chain - all with the goal of reaching where these foods were produced, to see if there's any common food or point where the food might have become contaminated". Many of them were sickened weeks ago, and it can be hard to recall every food you consumed after so much time has passed, said Ian Williams, chief of the CDC's Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch.

The outbreak is responsible for 66 infections and two deaths in the two countries.

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The symptoms of E. coli infections include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea - often bloody and vomiting. "The bacteria can also be transmitted if a person who is carrying the bacteria doesn't wash his or her hands after using the bathroom and then processes or prepares food".

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