Romaine From Yuma Linked to E-Coli

Leslie Hanson
April 16, 2018

An E. coli outbreak linked to potentially contaminated romaine lettuce now has infected 35 people across 11 different states and resulted in 22 hospitalizations.

CDC also said the number of cases may increase "due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported".

Romaine lettuce is the one behind a recent e-coli outbreak impacting consumers across the country but that lettuce was grown in Yuma so we are the most likely to have it in our grocery stores.

Health officials warn the public to stay away from store-bought chopped romaine lettuce.

The CDC has not been able to identify a common grower, supplier, distributor or brand of romaine lettuce.


"Individuals with this infection usually get better within about 5 to 7 days, however some illnesses can be serious or even life-threatening", Dr. Shereef Elnahal, commissioner of the state Department of Health, said in a statement. The CDC reports 69 percent of those infected are women, and that 22 have been hospitalized and three have suffered from a type of kidney failure. Those states are Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington. Anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor immediately. Numerous cases so far were contracted from salad mixes used in restaurants, but some cases have been linked to bagged romaine purchased in stores.

If you are purchasing romaine lettuce, or have bought some recently, ask the retailers where it is from.

This is not the first time romaine lettuce were linked to the spread of E. coli.

CDC investigators don't believe this outbreak is connected to the one that occurred late previous year in the United States and Canada, although it is the same potentially deadly strain, E.coli O157:H7.

The symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections vary, but usually include severe and painful stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER