Coli outbreak in 11 states linked to romaine lettuce spreads to Idaho

CDC investigating E. coli outbreak across 7 states

CDC investigating multi-state E. coli outbreak that has reached Ohio, Pennsylvania

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that a recent outbreak of E. coli in multiple states was linked to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona.

The states reporting cases of the especially nasty strain are Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and CT, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notice published this week.

While none of the 35 patients have died, 22 have been hospitalized, with three experiencing kidney failure, according to the CDC.

At this time, the CDC said, no grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified.

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This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

The chopped romaine lettuce outbreak is not related to the E. coli O157: H7 outbreak involving leafy greens that began in late 2017 and was officially closed out on January 25, 2018.

The Ohio Department of Health tells 21 News that a 24-year-old woman in Mahoning County became ill from E. Coli on March 26. Twenty-six of 28 or 93 percent of people interviewed after becoming ill reported eating chopped romaine lettuce the week before they became sick. The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads. Restaurants and retailers are not advised to avoid serving or selling any particular food.

The agency stated this E. coli outbreak isn't related to the E. coli outbreak that struck the United States and Canada in November and December, for which Romaine lettuce also got blamed. Restaurant customers should ask the origin of the lettuce before eating it. But most of us can survive E. coli food poisoning after 5-7 miserable days of the above symptoms.

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"If you can not confirm the source of the lettuce, do not buy or eat it", the C.D.C. said in a statement.

Now, CDC and public health investigators are working to identify any additional illnesses that may be a part of this outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the hunt again, looking for the unsafe, E. coli-harboring culprit food that has sickened 17 people in seven different U.S. states.

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