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E. coli outbreak may be linked to romaine lettuce

E. coli outbreak may be linked to romaine lettuce

Consumer Reports advises that people should throw away any romaine lettuce they have, and do not buy any more, until the outbreak's cause has been determined.

28 announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 17 individuals from 13 states, including California, Illinois, Connecticut, Indiana, Washington, New Hampshire, New York, and Nebraska, have fallen ill from the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria between November 15 to December 8, 2017. Health officials say the illnesses were reported in Canada and 13 states including New York, California, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.

One person has also died in Canada.

While not calling out romaine as the culprit, the CDC issued a statement saying the results will likely be similar to Canada's findings. The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported on 41 illnesses and say the cases are related to romaine lettuce.

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"CDC is still collecting information to determine whether there is a food item in common among sick people, including leafy greens and romaine". The agency says they can not yet link the outbreak of E. Coli to a certain type of food.

This strain of E. coli produces a toxin that, in some cases, can lead to serious illness, kidney problems and even death.

CDC officials have said that because they have not identified a source they are unable to recommend whether residents should avoid a particular food.

The illness usually takes one to three days before symptoms begin to show, which include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting.