Published: Thu, November 22, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Romaine Lettuce Is Not Safe To Eat Whatsoever, CDC Warns

Romaine Lettuce Is Not Safe To Eat Whatsoever, CDC Warns

"Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick", the CDC said, after 32 people were reported sick from E. coli poisoning in 11 states, with 13 of them hospitalized.

While it can in cases be life-threatening, most people recover within a week.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 8, 2018 to October 31, 2018. Others may feel as though they have a bad case of upset stomach, and, in some cases, individuals may become seriously ill and must be hospitalised. People who develop complications may need further treatment, like dialysis for kidney failure.

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) results showed that the E. coli O157:H7 strain isolated from ill people in this outbreak is closely related genetically to the E. coli strain isolated from ill people in a 2017 outbreak linked to leafy greens in the United States and to romaine lettuce in Canada.

On Tuesday, the US CDC said that the romaine lettuce-linked food poisoning outbreak was due to the E. coli bacteria.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. believes the source of the outbreak is romaine lettuce, and has warned businesses and consumers not to use or eat the leaf until the affected batch has been tracked down. The CDC said that investigations were ongoing, and that U.S. consumers with any type of romaine lettuce in their homes should throw the vegetable away, even if some of it was eaten without anyone falling ill.

“Surveillance will be able to confirm the source as food histories are taken of all reported confirmed gastroenteritis, including E. coli.”. At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified.

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