The CDC, fifteen states, and the FDA are investigating the outbreak.
The CDC said the likely source of the USA outbreak appears to be leafy greens, but it is not recommending Americans avoid any particular food at this time.
Which is why, although Canadian officials urged consumers to avoid romaine lettuce, USA health authorities have not yet identified which type of "leafy greens" had led to the spread of the illness. Investigators also look at other data, including interviews from ill persons, to support that evidence.
Some do not get sick at all, though they can still spread the infection to others. Of 13 interviewed, all 13 said they ate leafy greens.
Patterns in the geographic distribution of illnesses, the time periods when people got sick, and past outbreaks involving the same germ.
Unfortunately, that percentage is not significantly higher than the results from a survey of healthy people.More news: Trump's State of the Union address to face protest from female lawmakers
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Jean Halloran, a Consumer Reports food policy expert said, "We think it's important to avoid eating romaine until the cause of this outbreak is determined".
However, James E. Rogers, Ph.D., Director of Food Safety Research and Testing at Consumer Reports, cautions that the CDC's position on this could give consumers a false sense of security. In addition, patients said they ate different types and brands of romaine.
In the US, the CDC did not make any recommendations to the public about avoiding any foods in its initial December 28, 2017, media statement on the outbreak or in today's update.To date, only half of the USA victims have been interviewed by outbreak investigators. The outbreak has now been identified in 15 states.
However, Consumer Reports is urging everyone to not eat romaine lettuce.
The symptoms of an E. coli O157:H7 infection include diarrhea that is bloody or watery, and severe stomach and abdominal cramps. They take action, such as warning the public, when there is clear and convincing information linking illness to a contaminated food.
"How do you know it's over?" "For instance, if the equipment at a processing plant is contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, new product could become a source of further infections". Our lawyers represent families of children in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against grocery stores, food producers, shippers, restaurants, retailers, and schools. Two people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, reported the Centers for Control and Prevention of Diseases.