Texas added to list of states reporting E. coli outbreak form lettuce

10 Minnesotans Have Gotten Sick In E. Coli Outbreak

10 Minnesotans Have Gotten Sick In E. Coli Outbreak

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

Because labels on romaine lettuce do not often list growing regions, it can be hard for a consumer to tell whether the lettuce they are purchasing is part of the outbreak. "This includes lettuce in a salad mix".

The Texas Department of State Health Services said the individual reported being sick in early April.

That number is likely to climb, however, as the CDC reports that it takes an average of three weeks between the time a person falls ill and when the additional case is reported to the agency.

The area where the contaminate lettuce has been coming from is Yuma, Arizona, but beyond that it's unclear exactly where the outbreak began.

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Since last week, another four people have gone into kidney failure, and an additional 23 have been sickened overall. However, the CDC's warning not to eat romaine unless it's known not to be from Yuma remains in effect. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. "You're going to have a lot of diarrhea, a lot of stomach cramps and staying hydrated is going to be a challenge". Left unchecked, it can lead to kidney problems and even death.

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. Six people have been infected in Washington state.

So far there have been ten cases in Minnesota which have been linked to eating romaine lettuce. You should also sanitize any shelves or drawers where that romaine lettuce was recently stored.

"Just Salad suppliers are NOT affected by the possible E.coli outbreak", the statement read, before informing customers of where their lettuce in all markets originates. Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 13, 2018 to April 25, 2018.

The struggle to identify the origins of the E. coli outbreak, which has sickened people from Washington state to New Jersey, highlights the difficulty of tracking a pathogen through a complex food supply chain, said a produce safety expert at Washington State University. Cattle wandered into the stream and wild pigs were found running back and forth.

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