UPDATE: The CDC reported Friday that 53 people across 16 states have become ill from chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma. No deaths related to this outbreak have been reported, however, five patients have suffered from kidney failure and 31 have been hospitalized.
Information that has been collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.
- Consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, if you do not know if the lettuce is Romaine, do not eat and throw it away.
This is a recall on Chopped romaine lettuce, according to CDC. If you have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, you should not eat it and you should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away!
The contaminated lettuce can be traced only to the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. There isn’t any common grower, supplier, distributor or brand as of yet.
Before buying romaine lettuce at a store or eating it at a restaurant, it is recommended that consumers should confirm that it did not come from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. If the green’s origin can’t be determined, don’t buy it or eat it, the CDC said.
While most strains of E.coli are harmless, others can cause illness. This particular strain is a Shinga toxin-producing E. coli and can cause severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting in some people. Symptoms can take 3 to 10 days to appear. Those who have been infected normally begin to feel better with 5 to 7 days. If diarrhea lasts more than 3 days or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool or so much vomiting that the patient cannot keep down liquids, a doctor must be called.
There are 35 other cases that have been reported in 11 states with 22 hospitalizations and no deaths.
The states where cases have been reported are: Pennsylvania (9); Idaho (8); New Jersey (7); Connecticut (2); New York (2); Ohio (2); Virginia (1); Washington (1); Missouri (1); Michigan (1); and Illinois (1).
Five more states have reported ill people: Alaska, Arizona, California, Louisiana, and Montana.