First death reported in romaine-linked E coli outbreak

  • First death reported in romaine-linked E coli outbreak

First death reported in romaine-linked E coli outbreak

There has been no recall, in part because the lettuce traced to the Yuma farm, harvested between March 5-16, would be far beyond its 21-day shelf life, and no more lettuce is being grown on Harrison's fields, officials said last week. Romaine lettuce has been linked with an E. coli outbreak in Canada, and the same bacteria has now been found infecting people in the United States.

Health officials in California said 24 people had fallen ill in the state, including the person who died.

Kentucky, Massachusetts and Utah are the latest states to report illnesses, bringing the total number of states affected to 25.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said two cases have been reported in MA but no additional information was immediately available.

Here is a complete list of states with cases: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Health officials have reported the first death in connection with a nationwide E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce. At least forty-two people had been hospitalized, including nine battling kidney failure. Its lawyers have won hundreds of millions of dollars for survivors of foodborne illness, including the largest verdict in American history for a person harmed by E. coli and hemolytic uremic syndrome.

The CDC is still saying that consumers should not buy or eat romaine lettuce unless you can absolutely confirm that it did not come from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. "Package labels often do not identify growing regions". The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads. If you are unsure what type of lettuce is in your possession, it is best to throw it away.

This strain of E. coli produces a toxin that causes vomiting and diarrhea and potentially other severe symptoms, including in some cases kidney failure.