Romaine Lettuce Should Be Avoided Again

Giant Eagle is recalling multiple items prepared with romaine lettuce after potential E. coli contamination

Giant Eagle is recalling multiple items prepared with romaine lettuce after potential E. coli contamination

The CDC tracked the infections across eleven states to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, but no brand or grower has been identified, according to the CDC.

In the past two weeks, 35 people in the US have become ill and one person in the USA has died in the multi-state outbreak, according to Consumer Reports.

States that have reported people infected with the E. coli strain include Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and MI.

"A packaged romaine lettuce that's chopped, I'd recommend that you either take it back to the store or throw it out, do not consume it", Phillips said. Confirmed and suspected cases have also been identified in Missoula, Lincoln and Ravalli counties.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona could be tainted with E. coli O157: H7, which could make people sick.

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"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 outbreak has affected about 35 people spread across 11 states of which 22 are hospitalized.

People infected range in age from 12 to 84 years old with a median age of 29.

Health officials are urging people not to eat any store-bought chopped romaine lettuce or salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce they may have at home. 22 ill people have been admitted to hospital and three people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure.

The CDC reports that early information points to chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region as the potential culprit. However, illnesses can start anywhere from one to 10 days after exposure.

Phillips said anyone who thinks they've eaten contaminated romaine and are experiencing "diarrhea and nausea and sometimes a fever, but generally a very low fever and it can actually turn into bloody diarrhea", should head to the doctor.

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