Be careful before eating chopped romaine lettuce, as you might get infected with E. coli. The source of infection seems to be Yuma, Arizona, but it quickly spread around the country. At the moment, CDC discovered cases all across 11 states, and has warned everybody to pay attention where they get their lettuce from.
Romaine lettuce was the source of infection
CDC is keeping a close eye in the E. coli infection and, worryingly enough, is noticing how the numbers keep adding up. After consuming chopped romaine lettuce, 35 people have currently contracted the infection. Not all cases are serious, but 22 of these people ended up in the hospital after consuming the lettuce.
However, the life of three of them might be in danger. The infection triggered hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is an extremely serious condition. This is a type of kidney failure and can easily result in the death of the patient. Fortunately, there were no victims so far.
CDC identified the source of infection as romaine lettuce coming from Yuma, Arizona. Therefore, it advised people to avoid consuming the vegetable if it comes from questionable sources. However, the organization couldn’t find the exact source of the infection. This means they couldn’t tell who was the grower or producer of lettuce that propagated the bacteria.
Eleven states are currently victims of the outbreak
From Arizona, the E. coli bacteria migrated to Pennsylvania, Idaho, New Jersey, Washington, Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Connecticut, and Missouri. The most affected state is Pennsylvania, with three reported cases of infection. Then, the next one on the list is Idaho, with eight cases, followed closely by New Jersey, with seven.
If you have eaten romaine lettuce recently, the first signs of infection should appear three or four days later. These symptoms should include vomiting, diarrhea, and severe abdominal pain. The infection can go away by itself, but some cases can become really severe and might need some serious treatment. However, it’s better to go see a doctor as soon as you spot the first symptoms.
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