The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises that peoples avoid eating one or all of the -omega-salad while laying on the bottom of an E [colioutbreakshaveinfected32peoplein11USstatesand18peopleinCanadaandaremostlikelytoblametherepeatedoffenderleafgreens
Investigators still need to identify the source – or even a common grower, supplier, dealer – or brand ̵
"Consumers who have some kind of romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some were eaten and no one got sick," read the warning . "This advice applies to all kinds or uses of romaine lettuce, such as Romainen heads, hearts of Romans, as well as bags and boxes of precooked salad and salad mixes containing Romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix and Caesar salad." Restaurants and retailers are also advised not to serve or sell romaine lettuce products.
The CDC (Food and Drug Administration, FDA), state and local authorities, as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency all work together to pinpoint the cause of the outbreak. Currently, FDA is conducting its traceability investigation and is conducting laboratory analysis on lettuce samples associated with the outbreak. So far, they have the Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli strain O157: H7 detected in the patients according to the CDC.
Is all that too familiar? Well, you're right: In April 2018, there was an outbreak of E. coli in conjunction with romaine lettuce (see original report below).
The CDC said it knows that this strain is not genetically related to the E. coli outbreak that occurred earlier this year. It actually bears the same DNA fingerprint as the strain seen in an outbreak of E. coli O157: H7 in autumn 2017, which has been associated with leaf-green in the United States and Romaine in Canada.
To date, 13 people have been hospitalized. The United States begins its illness between October 8th and October 31st. A person has developed a type of kidney failure, the hemolytic uremic syndrome, the CDC reports, but there were no deaths. However, since it takes two to three weeks to report illnesses, there can be more cases.
The CDC advises anyone who feels sick to see their doctor immediately. They also recommend washing and disinfecting refrigerated shelves or drawers in which you have recently stored Romine. See our article below for more information on signs and symptoms of E. coli and more information on what to do if you experience symptoms.
Original Report: April 20, 2018
First there was a Salmonella-related recall of 200 million eggs earlier this week. And now people are being told to avoid a popular salad greens. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is investigating an outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) associated with romaine lettuce, which may cause symptoms such as bloody diarrhea.
Since March 13, the outbreak has caused 53 illnesses and 31 hospital stays in 16 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although investigators have tracked the outbreak of hacked Romainen from the Yuma, Arizona, area, they have not yet established a specific brand, grower, supplier or distributor.
As of April 20, 2018, the CDC expanded its warning to consumers to avoid all Roman species from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, not just the originally trapped ones Variety.
This means that in addition to any chopped romaine or salad If you've recently bought mixed Romainen blends, you should avoid eating whole heads of Romainen or Romainen from this region for the time being. And you should avoid taking Romaine in a restaurant unless you can confirm that the Romaine is not from the Yuma growing area.
The update is a response to new information about the outbreak that is coming from people a correctional facility in Alaska that got sick. Her illnesses were attributed to the Romaine bred in the Yuma area.
Most types of E. coli are actually harmless. However, it is known that the type involved in this outbreak causes particularly severe infections.
According to the CDC this outbreak is associated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157: H7, which can cause infections that may cause infection, with the following symptoms:
- Diarrhea (often bloody)
- Severe stomach cramps
The symptoms usually start between two and eight days after eating the contaminated food and usually last one week in healthy adults.
In some cases, however, the infection can lead to a serious complication called haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a form of kidney failure. Children, older adults, and immunocompromised people most commonly develop HUS. According to CDC, the following are symptoms of HUS:
- abdominal pain
- pale skin tone
- fatigue and irritability
- Small, unexplained bruises
- Decreased urination
- Bleeding from the nose and mouth  Most people with E. coli infections get better with minimal treatment (including rest and stay hydrated ). However, the FDA recommends contacting your doctor to make sure you know what you are & # 39; It is always a good idea to see a doctor if you have bloody diarrhea.
But if you suspect that you have developed HUS, it is important that you get medical treatment as soon as possible. And if you have symptoms of severe dehydration – such as dark piping, dizziness and fatigue – due to diarrhea and / or vomiting, consult a doctor.
The CDC recommends Avoid all -Romine types from the Yuma, Arizona growing area.
When dining out, the CDC suggests confirming where the restaurant got its Romaine from. If you do not receive information about Romaine's source to confirm that it is not from Yuma, do not eat it.
Aside from this, basic food safety rules can help prevent infection. This includes frequent hand washing, especially after using the toilet or changing diapers, before and after preparing or eating food, and after contact with animals or their surroundings. Use hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available.
It is also important to quickly freeze or cool perishable foods and separate raw foods (eg, uncooked meat), including the use of separate chopping boards, from ready-to-eat foods. to prevent a potential infection from spreading from one food to another.
So it's in your best interest to avoid Romaine for the time being and opt for another of your favorite greens. Your salad could probably shake something anyway.