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E. Coli Outbreak Bound on Romaine salad grows



Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) – The number of diseases associated with Arizona romaine lettuce infected with E. coli have risen sharply, from 53 cases a week ago to 84 on Wednesday.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that three more states – Colorado, Georgia and South Dakota – were affected by the outbreak, bringing the total number of affected states to 19.

Infections were associated with E. coli O157: H7 strain and disease were often severe. Of the 78 patients of whom the CDC has good information, 42 (54 percent) needed hospitalization, according to the agency.

"This is a higher hospitalization rate than usual for E. coli O1

57: H7 infections, which is usually at 30 percent," the agency noted. "Health officials are working to find out why this strain causes a higher percentage of hospital admissions."

Although not one of the outbreak-affected patients died, nine patients developed a dangerous form of kidney failure, the agency said] On Friday, the CDC warned Americans to throw away any romaine lettuce they might have bought in stores. The agency extended its warning of simply chopped romaine lettuce to all kinds of salad – whole romaine lettuce, romaine lettuce in mixed salads, etc.

The agency also warned the restaurants not to deliver Roma salad to customers

spoiled romaine lettuce is suspected that he comes from Yuma, Ariz., "Product labels often do not identify any growing areas, so throw away any romaine lettuce if you do not know where it was grown," the agency said in its warning. 19659002] The blanket recommendation came after information related to some new diseases prompted health officials to warn all kinds of romaine lettuce originating from Yuma where the outbreak began. According to the CDC, inmates in a prison in Alaska became ill after eating whole Roma heads.

Diseases include 18 cases in Pennsylvania, 13 cases in California, 10 in Idaho, 7 cases each in Montana and New Jersey, 5 cases each in Alaska and Arizona, 3 in Ohio, 2 each in Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan , New York and Washington, one case each in Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota and Virginia.


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