CDC: E coli outbreak sickens 17 in 7 states

Saul Bowman
April 14, 2018

Six people have been hospitalized, one person suffered a type of kidney failure and that 65 percent of those ill are women. An additional four have been reported in Idaho, and two cases each in CT and Pennsylvania. That includes salads and salad mixes that contain romaine lettuce.

So far, the CDC reports 17 people have been affected in Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and CT.

"At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified", said the CDC in a statement. The CDC also advised restaurants against selling any romaine lettuce from Yuma.

Even though the first E. Coli cases have been registered on the United States territory in late March, only in April the situation has become more serious and was called an outbreak. If you are going to purchase chopped romaine, ask the retailer or restaurant if it was grown in that part of the country. "The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads".

As of April 10, 2018, the CDC has confirmed a total of 17 infections spanning 7 states, with New Jersey reporting the most infections (6); 6 of the individuals have been hospitalized for their infections. No deaths have been reported to date.

Health experts are holding their breath in the midst of a unsafe food-borne bacterial outbreak that has sickened many people but so far has not caused any deaths. Eight people were infected in Idaho and seven in New Jersey. The patients are between 12 and 84 years old. "Anyone experiencing symptoms of this illness should see a health care provider". Symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, the CDC said. Three have one case linked to the outbreak so far: Missouri, Ohio, and Washington. Its lawyers have won hundreds of millions of dollars for survivors of foodborne illness, including the largest verdict in American history for a person harmed by E. coli and hemolytic uremic syndrome.

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