Texas Now Included On List Of Confirmed E. Coli Lettuce Outbreak Cases


Officials say other area farms could also be affected since numerous E. coli poisoning cases can be traced to chopped lettuce sold in bagged form to restaurants that didn't come from that Yuma farm.

A total of six people in Canada have been sickened by E. coli linked to contaminated romaine lettuce, the Public Health Agency of Canada says.

The CDC said some of the illnesses that have occurred in the last two to three weeks may not yet be officially known, because of the time lag between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the infection is reported to the agency. This is a large outbreak with a very large footprint and will probably continue to grow for a few weeks as more sick people see their doctors and their illnesses are reported to governments.

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In numbers updated Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas have now reported at least one illness linked to the outbreak. While these symptoms are usually mild and most people recover within a week, occasionally they can become severe and even life-threatening with some people experiencing a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the CDC. One death was reported from California. Then make sure that you wash your hands well with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before you prepare food. Three people got sick in Canada, and information is pending for the fourth person. One person from California died from the bacterial illness. Six people in that country are sick with E. coli O57 infections with a "similar genetic fingerprint" to illnesses in the U.S.

Products containing romaine lettuce often don't indicate growing regions, so it could be hard for consumers to tell whether the vegetable they're buying is tainted with bacteria. "If you do not know if the lettuce in a salad mix is romaine, do not eat it". The concern now is that there could still be remaining romaine lettuce on the market that has already been contaminated.

Typically in winter, romaine lettuce is grown in Arizona because it has the right temperature.