Published: Tue, November 20, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Throw away all your romaine lettuce, no matter where it’s from — CDC

Throw away all your romaine lettuce, no matter where it’s from — CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have now warned USA and Canadian consumers not to eat romaine lettuce after 32 people in 11 states were infected with a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.

The warning includes all types of romaine lettuce and any salad mix that contains romaine lettuce.

All of those cases have been linked to romaine lettuce, and the CDC said consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce of any kind, as "no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified". Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine lettuce has been stored and follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.

According to the CDC, 32 people have been infected with E. coli in 11 states in the latest outbreak that started on October 8. No deaths have been reported.

At least 32 people have gotten sick and at least 13 have been hospitalized as a result of the outbreak that is believed to be connected to romaine lettuce, according to the FDA.

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This investigation is ongoing, and the CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans "not to eat" romaine lettuce and restaurants "not to serve or sell any" until more information is gathered on a new outbreak. This outbreak is not related to a multistate outbreak linked to romaine lettuce this summer.

Most E. coli bacteria are not harmful, but some produce toxins that can cause severe illness.

If you have symptoms of an E. coli infection, CDC officials say you should write down what you ate before you got sick and contact your healthcare provider. Antibiotics are also not recommended for patients in whom E.coli O157 infection is suspected, until diagnostic testing rules out this infection.

Individuals should seek medical help if diarrhea lasts for more than three days or if it is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool or an inability to keep liquids down because of vomiting.

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