Minnesota Team Diarrhea Weighs in on Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak

May 10, 2018, 06:42
Minnesota Team Diarrhea Weighs in on Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak

"One of the major challenges of identifying sources of foodborne disease is people eat a lot of food", Matthew Stasiewicz, assistant professor of applied food safety at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, said to USA Today.

This is the largest such outbreak in the U.S.in a dozen years.

Rivadeneira says "As long as people have been eating romaine and not knowing where it comes from and they are getting sick and testing positive for E. Coli and it is the same strain of E.coli the FDA and CDC still need to work on their trace back and check where it is definitely coming from because they still do not know". This includes whole heads of romaine, chopped or organic romaine, and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. To date, 29 states have the reported food poisoning of 149 people with 64 hospitalizations.

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Three victims were hospitalized.

This all stems from romaine lettuce grown in or near Yuma, Arizona. People also should avoid salad mixes that include romaine. They include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with suspected E. coli O157 infections until diagnostic testing can be performed and E. coli O157 infection is ruled out.

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The bacteria can spread through ruminants, animals like cattle, sheep, goats, buffalo, elk, and deer; water; the environment and people, Dr. Robert Tauxe, director of CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, said previously. The agency did not state which Texas city the individual was from or where the person ate the contaminated strain of lettuce. It may be because people in those states eat more romaine lettuce, or are eat out more frequently.

"We are still offering romaine as a safe lettuce choice, as we do not source our romaine from the affected area", Janani Lee, Just Salad Supply Chain Analyst, said. They are the first cases reported in Minnesota, in a national outbreak of E. coli that has sickened more than 120 people and caused one death.

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coliinfection or HUS after consuming food and you're interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation.

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