Coli Outbreak From Salad Grows As CDC Reports 24 People Infected

12 January, 2018, 06:19 | Author: Otis Hoffman
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Although the outbreak appears to be over, the agency suggests safe food handling procedures for preparing lettuce should always be followed. Consumer Reports recommended that consumers avoid romaine lettuce until the outbreak cause was determined.

In the United States, a total of 24 STEC O157:H7 infections have been reported from California (4), CT (2), IL (1), IN (2), Maryland (3), MI (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (1), NY (1), OH (1), Pennsylvania (2), Vermont (1), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).

Some stores, including the Sobeys grocery chain, pulled romaine lettuce products from its shelves.

A pair of fatal E. coli outbreaks linked to leafy greens in the United States and Canada appear to be over, health experts said on Wednesday.

In the US, the CDC did not make any recommendations to the public about avoiding any foods in its initial December 28, 2017, media statement on the outbreak or in today's update.To date, only half of the USA victims have been interviewed by outbreak investigators.

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"State and local public health officials continue to interview sick people in the United States to determine what they ate in the week before their illness started".

"The risk to Canadians has returned to low and the Public Health Agency of Canada is no longer advising individuals in affected provinces to consider consuming other types of lettuce, instead of romaine lettuce", it said in an update published on its website Wednesday evening.

No common supplier distributor, or retailer of leafy greens has been identified as a possible source of this outbreak. Neither the CDC nor Canadian health officials have provided any information on where the romaine lettuce potentially involved in the illnesses was grown or processed, so for now, consumers should assume that any romaine lettuce, even when sold in bags and packages, could possibly be contaminated, Rogers said. CDC continues to work with regulatory partners in several states, at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to identify the source. In the United States, there are 24 confirmed victims across 15 states. Illnesses began on dates ranging from November 15, 2017 to December 12, 2017.

The outbreak is responsible for 66 infections and two deaths in the two countries. People usually get sick from E. coli O157:H7 three to four days after eating food contaminated with the germ. The five hospitalized are in the United States with the one death in the USA and one in Canada.

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