Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

CDC Widens Romaine Alert as E. Coli Fears Continue

CDC Widens Romaine Alert as E. Coli Fears Continue

The outbreak has sickened at least 53 people across 16 states.

The sweeping advisory came after information tied to some new illnesses prompted health officials to caution against eating all kinds of romaine lettuce that came from the city of Yuma, Ariz., where the outbreak began.

The CDC warning, due to an outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce, has been expanded to include all forms of romaine, including whole heads and hearts of romaine grown in the Yuma, Arizona, growing area. Panera reported to CBS that they have already resupplied their restaurants with romaine lettuce from regions other than Yuma, Arizona, and customers should not be anxious about E.Coli infection.

CBS reports that several of the people infected with E.Coli have already filed lawsuits against restaurant corporations that served them contaminated romaine.

No common grower, supplier, distributor or brand has yet been identified.

For most, recovery will occur within a week, but more severe cases last longer. Five of the people taken to the hospital have developed kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is an extremely serious condition that could lead to lifelong complications and, in a few cases, death. It can cause diarrhea, blood in feces, vomiting, stomach cramps, and fever.

"This bacteria can actually get inside the lettuce leaf", he said.

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