Stay Away From All Forms of Romaine Lettuce, CDC Warns

  • Stay Away From All Forms of Romaine Lettuce, CDC Warns

Stay Away From All Forms of Romaine Lettuce, CDC Warns

While the lettuce has been infected with E.Coli in the US - in an outbreak that has sent 31 people to hospital in recent weeks - no traces of the bacteria appears to have affected Canadian produce, the agency said.

"We recommend people throw out and do not consume whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine at this time", said Dr. Cara Christ, AZDHS director.

Federal and state health officials Friday expanded upon their earlier warnings this month that said an outbreak of E. coli had only been linked to chopped romaine lettuce from the Arizona region. No deaths have been reported.

Despite a nationwide recall on romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz. area, lettuce found in Harvard's residential dining halls is safe for consumption, according to Harvard University Dining Services Director of Communications Crista Martin. However, the CDC said unless you can confirm where the lettuce is from, it should be thrown away. Symptoms of infection include bad stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting.

Although only five to 10 percent of those with E.coli infections will develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, for those that do, the condition can be serious.

Those case numbers are not yet included in the outbreak totals. The CDC says people in the previous outbreak were infected with a different DNA fingerprint of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. The case count includes one of the infected Alaska inmates; the remaining seven cases there will be included when the CDC provides its next count update, which is expected next week.

State and local health officials are continuing to interview sick people to ask about the foods they ate and other exposures before they became ill.

Eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by E. coli bacteria may cause gastrointestinal distress.