CDC: Romaine lettuce being sold now not linked to outbreak


The vegetable was behind a recent E. coli outbreak that victimized 172 people across 32 states.

The health officials reported that nearly more two dozen cases of food poisoning outbreak were linked to the romaine lettuce that was harvested in Arizona.

The CDC said it is unlikely contaminated romaine lettuce from the recent E. coli outbreak is still on shelves.

It is safe to eat romaine lettuce again, the FDA announced on Wednesday.

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Brendan Flaherty, an attorney who is representing patients in this outbreak, said, "The last reported illness started on May 2, 2018, which is within the 21-day shelf life of the last batch of romaine harvested in the Yuma area". That's an addition of 23 more ill persons since the last update 7 days ago. The patient age range is still from age 1 to 88. The good news is that any lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, region, where the toxic lettuce was thought to come from, is most likely no longer for sale in stores.

The outbreak has been caused by a particularly virulent strain of E. coli O157:H7. According to the CDC, 20 victims had developed the dreaded hemolytic uremic syndrome, a severe effect of E. coli infections that targets the kidneys. "It takes two to three weeks between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported to CDC". This E. coli outbreak has been considered as the largest in the US which has shattered the families and people have been admitted to hospital due to bacteria spread causing infection and chronic health problems. He has six cases open at the moment, against establishments in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and California, including Panera Bread and Red Lobster.

So far there has only been one death recorded, in California. Anyone with these symptoms must see a doctor immediately, since an E. coli infection and HUS can be deadly.