The episode from 2006, the last outbreak of the multistate greater than the current one, was attributed to spinach and linked to 238 diseases and five deaths, according to the CDC
So far no one has died from the current outbreak , half of them were hospitalized, with nine developing some form of kidney failure. Those affected are between 1 and 88 years old and about two-thirds are female. Symptoms often include bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.
"There was really a positive decrease in the number of leafy leaf outbreaks, and the size seemed to decrease," said William Marler. a food safety lawyer representing many of those infected at the current outbreak.
It may be difficult to identify an exact source of E. coli, a bacterium that is transmitted by human or animal excreta. Due to the time it takes for symptoms to appear and tests to be performed, weeks can elapse between exposure of a person and reporting the case. Until then, the contaminated salad may have disappeared long ago.
While most North American-grown romaine lettuce comes from the Salinas Valley, California, production shifts to Yuma in late autumn and winter. Health officials said that all but three of 67 respondents reported eating romaine lettuce the week before they became ill.
The C.D.C. The police in New Jersey, where so far seven people had been ill, were made aware of the current outbreak. Pennsylvania is home to 18 reported infections, more than any other state.
The other states in which illnesses have been reported are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia, and Washington ,
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