Coli infection linked to lettuce reported in ND

Coli infection linked to lettuce reported in ND

Coli infection linked to lettuce reported in ND

One person in California has died from the ongoing E. Coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. At least 14 of the sick people have developed kidney failure. This is the first death from this outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its numbers on the outbreak May 2, revealing that 121 people had gotten sick in 25 states.

The onset dates for the illnesses in North Dakota were not provided by the state health department in its May 4 notice. There were 24 reported cases in California, officials there said.

But even if no one is eating tainted lettuce now, case counts may still rise because there's a lag in reporting. Local departments then report to state health officials who in turn notify federal officials. This advice includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. Numerous people sickened across the country consumed chopped lettuce that had been sold in bagged form to restaurants.

The growing season in Yuma ended about a month ago, said the University of Arizona's Russell Engel, the director of Yuma County's cooperative extension service.

Unless you know specifically where your romaine lettuce was grown, CDC says to toss it just in case.

If consumers can not tell if a brand of fresh spinach was implicated in the outbreak and the package has a "use-by date" of October 1, 2006 or earlier, they should not eat it. Specific tests are required to diagnose E. coli infections, which generally should not be treated with antibiotics.

"She experienced nausea, abdominal cramps, fatigue and bloody diarrhea, culminating in her admittance to Abrazo Arrowhead Campus on March 30", the complaint states, adding that because of the restaurant's actions, Styles "was forced to endure great pain, suffering, and inconvenience and may endure the same in the future". Because illness from the bacteria can take days or even two or three weeks to develop, it's likely that more cases will be discovered.

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