Canada declares outbreak over; CDC, FDA still investigating

U.S. Officials Not Ready to Blame E. coli Outbreak on Lettuce

Eighteen people have become ill, nine people were hospitalized, and one person died in California.

The CDC continues to interview sick people in the United States to determine what they ate in the week before their illness started. It also warns not to purchase packaged, loose or mixed salads that may have romaine lettuce.

In the USA, the FDA, which had not posted any public information about the outbreak until today, is assisting the CDC, but has virtually nothing to report.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the total number of those infected has climbed to 24.

There's new information on the deadly E. coli outbreak that News 10 has been tracking that could be linked to romaine lettuce.

As YWN has been reporting, an E. Coli outbreak across the United States and Canada has sickened dozens and killed 1 person in each country. Because CDC has not identified a specific type of leafy greens linked to the USA infections, and because of the short shelf life of leafy greens, CDC is not recommending that US residents avoid any particular food at this time.

Canadian health officials say romaine lettuce is to blame but the CDC still isn't sure.




Produce trade organizations issued a statement that, as of last week, no public health agency had contacted romaine lettuce growers or processors and asked to stop shipping product.

He said the illness onsets "occurred in late Nov & early Dec, so the source of these cases likely is no longer on the market". There is 1 reported death. They include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

Which is why, although Canadian officials urged consumers to avoid romaine lettuce, USA health authorities have not yet identified which type of "leafy greens" had led to the spread of the illness.

"Whole genome sequencing is being performed on samples of bacteria making people sick in the United States to give us information about whether these illnesses are related to the illnesses in Canada", the CDC said in a statement. People usually get sick 3 to 5 days after they eat food that is contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. Attorney Fred Pritzker and his team recently won $7.5 million for young client whose kidneys failed because of hemolytic uremic syndrome after an E. coli O157:H7 infection.

You can protect yourself by washing your hands thoroughly before and after preparing or eating food. It urged the public to avoid eating romaine lettuce until more is known about the contamination.

Symptoms of E. coli typically begin two to eight days after consuming the bacteria. The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections and have recovered over $600 million for clients.

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