The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new warning towards the E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce. The previous warning dealt specifically with chopped lettuce, but their new statement warns of every type of romaine lettuce from Arizona.
After eight inmates in an Alaskan prison were sickened by romaine lettuce, the CDC expanded their warning to include every part of romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts of romaine.
The exact source of the disease has not yet been identified, but federal health officials have suspect that contaminated lettuce was grown in the Yuma, Arizona area.
Consumers everywhere in the US are encouraged to throw out any type of romaine lettuce in your house that you do not know where it was grown. This includes lettuce in salad mixes.
Of the 60 people who have been sickened, 31 have been hospitalized, including five who developed a life-threatening type of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome. No deaths have been reported as of this moment.
Most types of E. coli are harmless and actually help human digestion. A very small number though, including this romaine lettuce strain, produce a toxin called Shiga that causes illness and death. It takes people around three to four days after eating the lettuce to get sick.
Symptoms include bad stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. More serious complications, such as kidney failure, can also develop.
If you are unsure where your lettuce was grown, the CDC highly recommends that you throw it out.
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