CDC ALERT: Throw out your chopped romaine lettuce

CDC ALERT: Throw out your chopped romaine lettuce

In regards to the lettuce recall, it included a link to the CDC page regarding the latest outbreak. The CDC also revealed that the outbreak has spread to five new states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Louisiana, and Montana, in addition to the previously-known states of Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.

"Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, consumers should confirm with the store or restaurant that it is not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region".

Consumer Reports is recommending against eating any romaine for the moment because it can be hard to know for sure where the lettuce is coming from, according to Fortune.

While no deaths related to the outbreak have been reported, five patients have suffered from kidney failure and 31 have been hospitalized.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that the outbreak has now sickened 53 people in 16 states. A multistate outbreak of E. coli infections has been linked to bags of chopped romaine lettuce, and information from different sources about the risk has been confusing, making many of us scared to eat salad. The agency hasn't yet identified a common grower, supplier, distributor or brand. The first illness was reported on March 13, and those infected range in age between 10 and 85 years old with a median age of 34. About 70% of those sick are women or girls, as CNBC reports.

"State and local health officials continue to interview ill people to ask about the foods they ate and other exposures before they became ill", the CDC reports in its update. Most E. coli bacteria are not harmful, but one strain known as E. coli O157: H7 produces a toxin called Shiga which destroys red blood cells and causes kidney failure and bloody diarrhea. Fortunately nobody has died, but almost 70 percent of those infected have been hospitalized with a nasty toxin-producing strain of E. coli, and several have developed kidney failure. The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads.

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