Romaine lettuce suspected in Canada and the U.S. as source for dangerous E. coli infections


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the infections have been found in 13 states: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont and Washington. Five Americans were hospitalized and one person died. One person also died in Canada as a result of E. coli. Diarrhea, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and even other ills can be generated by E. coli. Many who get sick from the bacteria found in food suffer from stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.


The Public Health Agency of Canada has not yet determined the source of the outbreak, but is continuing to investigate. They linked E. coli back to romaine lettuce and advises people to purchase other types of greens. On the other part, “there is not enough epidemiologic evidence at this time to indicate a specific source of the illnesses in the United States.” Health officials in the United States and Canada have avoided releasing information on where the potentially contaminated lettuce came from. More specific information is likely to follow in the coming days.


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