Pennsylvania warns of romaine lettuce linked to E. coli outbreak

  • Pennsylvania warns of romaine lettuce linked to E. coli outbreak

Pennsylvania warns of romaine lettuce linked to E. coli outbreak

The CDC reported that these numbers are on the high side for an E. coli outbreak.

That's a higher hospitalization rate than usual with e. coli, so this is a particularly virulent strain, the CDC said.

The CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and states are investigating the outbreak, which began March 13. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine and salads, as well as salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

No warnings or advisories have been issued about romaine lettuce grown elsewhere - a Chipotle in Doral had no lettuce Tuesday while it awaited a shipment from California - although the CDC advises if you're not sure about your lettuce, toss it.

For most, recovery will occur within a week, but more severe cases last longer.

According to the department, the most recent information from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that all romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region should not be consumed. As of Wednesday, there were no recalls of romaine lettuce in the United States, though media coverage has led to consumers avoiding the popular greens.

With another 31 sick from E. coli O157:H7 since last Wednesday, the CDC now counts 84 people sick, with 42 hospitalized. But Radovich started getting chills, fever and stomach cramps April 6.

Colorado, Georgia, and South Dakota are the latest states to report sick people.

California exploded from one case to 13.

"If someone has bad diarrhea, especially if they have bloody stools, they should see their doctor". The next day, Halley went to the pediatrician's office and remembers being told that this risky E. coli strain could affect her daughter's kidneys.

"She told us, 'her kidneys are ideal, ' " Halley recalled. "We recommend this not be treated with antibiotics, because doing so could increase the chance" of hemolytic uremic syndrome.

They went back to the emergency room, where the hospital said Radovich was having kidney failure and sent her by ambulance to a nearby children's hospital in Roseville. She has had to receive all her nutrition intravenously, and has had four blood transfusions to treat severe anemia.

"This has been an absolute nightmare", said Halley, 36.