Coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce spreads to Florida

Coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce spreads to Florida

Coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce spreads to Florida

Ten people in Minnesota have been sickened by the ongoing E. coli outbreak linked to eating romaine lettuce, according to the state's Department of Health.

That brings the total to 149 victims in 29 states, but there have been no additional deaths.

This is the largest such outbreak in the a dozen years.

Since last week, another four people have gone into kidney failure, and an additional 23 have been sickened overall. Two out of three have been women.

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The restaurants interviewed by officials have told them they used bagged, chopped romaine lettuce in their salads and other dishes. People who have gotten sick in the last two or three weeks may not yet be reported. "In addition to romaine we now carry five other choices of lettuce".

However, the CDC also announced that the most recent illness started on April 25 and there could be more reports coming. The Food and Drug Administration then traces the many channels the lettuce took from the field to point of sale, she said.

"We continue to get questions every day which is a good thing that customers are aware and they're asking the questions", said Matt Leiseth, Hornbacher's President.

"Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with suspected E. coli O157 infections until diagnostic testing can be performed and E. coli O157 infection is ruled out", the CDC said. It can produce STX1 and STX2, but those that produce only STX2 - which is what's happening with this outbreak - tend to cause more severe illness.

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"Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, do not eat or buy romaine lettuce if you do not know where it was grown", as the CDC site puts it. "You're going to have a lot of diarrhea, a lot of stomach cramps and staying hydrated is going to be a challenge".

The bacteria can spread through ruminants, animals like cattle, sheep, goats, buffalo, elk, and deer; water; the environment and people, Dr. Robert Tauxe, director of CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, said previously.

At least 132 sick from 27 states.

"We are still offering romaine as a safe lettuce choice, as we do not source our romaine from the affected area", Janani Lee, Just Salad Supply Chain Analyst, said.

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