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More cases reported in deadly US E. coli outbreak; Canada outbreak over

More cases reported in deadly US E. coli outbreak; Canada outbreak over

American officials said that the outbreak was most likely caused by "leafy greens", while their counterparts in Canada specifically identified romaine lettuce as the source of the infections there.

The outbreak of E. coli has made at least 17 people sick in 13 states, including a case in OH, according to the CDC. Nine of those people have been hospitalized, two of whom are suffering from a form of kidney failure. This means it's likely that there's a source of the outbreak that both countries shared, according to a press release issued by the agency when the outbreak was first announced in December. The CDC said the likely source of the US outbreak appears to be leafy greens, but it is not recommending Americans avoid any particular food at this time. Consumer Reports advised people to continue to avoid romaine lettuce. One of those people died.

Jean Halloran, director of Food Policy Initiatives at Consumers Union, said it's unclear what steps FDA and CDC are taking in the wake of one of the most serious outbreaks that has occurred in the Trump administration. CDC should conduct the investigation while providing timely public information, she recommended.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include diarrhea (often bloody) and stomach cramps.




Caesar salads are off the menu at Wendy's for the time being as U.S. Center for Disease Control investigates an outbreak of E. coli infections that might be linked to eating romaine lettuce. Some individuals may develop a severe illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, which can be life-threatening, although most people recover in a few weeks.

"Without knowing exactly what caused this outbreak, we risk seeing a new batch of tainted product come onto the market", he said. Currently, no common supplier, distributor, or retailer of leafy greens has been identified as a possible source of the outbreak. People usually get sick 3 to 5 days after they eat food that is contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria.

To help prevent E. coli infection, wash your hands thoroughly before and after preparing and eating food. The Public Health Agency of Canada began advising people in the five implicated provinces to consider not eating romaine until further notice. Finally, avoid preparing food when you are sick, particularly if you are sick with diarrhea.

In the meantime, we'll keep you posted on CDC and the FDAs findings of where the source of the latest E.coli outbreak is coming from. Rinsing produce with cool water is a good way to protect against any bacteria lingering on the surface - though not a surefire solution to product contamination. Romaine lettuce is mostly eaten raw and washing it or any produce tainted with E. coli will not remove the harmful bacteria.


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