For the second time since January, it's time to discard all of the minced Romain after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported it could be infected with E. coli.
The CDC warned this week that the nationwide E. coli The outbreak of romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, is now expanding to 53 cases in 16 states. Therefore, they warn that all shop-bought minced romaine lettuce, including salad mixes containing Romain, should not be eaten. Even if someone has eaten something and has not gotten sick, the salad should still be thrown away to be on the safe side, as USA Today states. The CDC also says that if you eat in a restaurant and you can not tell if the novel is from the Yuma area or not, do not eat it.
The most recent outbreak, which began on March 1
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In an earlier outbreak this year, 59 people in the US and Canada fell ill with a dangerous strain of E. coli-associated bacteria romance
This time around, Pennsylvania is the hardest with 12 cases hit state, followed by Idaho with 10. New Jersey, Montana and Arizona are among the other affected states. About 70% of the sick are women or girls, as CNBC reports.
The CDC points out that the E. coli that spread through the states are "toxin-producing". People tend to get sick within two to eight days after eating the germ that causes diarrhea, stomach cramps and vomiting. Most recover within a week, but there is a possibility of kidney failure.
The methods of prevention are clear, notes CNBC. To avoid E. coli, wash your hands regularly, cook meat thoroughly, wash all fruits and vegetables, avoid raw milk, and do not prepare food when you are ill. If you get sick, write down what you have eaten, contact your doctor and report your illness to your local health authority.
It should also be noted that washing the Roman leaves does not solve the problem, as the bacteria can attach to corners and cracks in the lettuce, Consumer Reports notes. So, once again, clean all the romaine lettuce from your fridge.