Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Throw Away Romaine Lettuce Unless Source is Known — CDC

Throw Away Romaine Lettuce Unless Source is Known — CDC

Thirty-one of them had to be hospitalized.

Alberta Health Services says 21 of the lab-confirmed cases are linked to Mama Nita's Binalot restaurant in Edmonton late last month.

Previously, the agency said that consumers should avoid chopped romaine. Symptoms included stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, the CDC said.

The Centers for Disease Control is warning consumers not to eat store-bought chopped romaine lettuce. To date, 31 people have been hospitalized, including five who have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the CDC. No Texans have been affected and no deaths have been reported, but the health effects of this particular strain seem to be particularly nasty, which is part of the reason behind the expanded warning.

Kidney failure can occur, typically in children under 5 or seniors over 65. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.

Consumers should also avoid buying or eating romaine lettuce for now, unless they can confirm that the lettuce is not from the Yuma growing region, the CDC said.

It added that there have been 53 reported infections, including 18 in the past several days.

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Before you go grocery shopping this weekend, be careful about the lettuce you buy. The case count includes one of the infected Alaska inmates; the remaining seven cases there will be included when the CDC provides its next count update, which is expected next week.

"We know that government investigators are doing all they can to pinpoint the exact source of the outbreak", Horsfall has said.

The different ways that romaine lettuce is harvested could make identifying the specific origin of contamination more hard, Marler said.

For the second time since January, it's time to throw out all chopped romaine after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported it could be tainted with E. coli.

The LGMA said the romaine that made people sick during the March 13 to April 6 period means the romaine was likely harvested and shipped in early March.

The E. coli is "toxin-producing", the CDC said citing the Shiga toxin.

Most people with HUS recover within a few weeks, but some suffer permanent damage or die. The bacteria can be spread by contaminated water, animal manure or in undercooked beef.

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