Lettuce Lover? CDC Updates Advice To Consumers


The person became ill about three weeks ago and has recovered, said Phil Rooney, a spokesman for the Douglas County Health Department.

A number of Romaine lettuce E. coli Lawsuits have been filed, to date, with many more Romaine lettuce E. coli Lawsuits expected as FDA officials identify the source farms, transporters, and other entities in the stream of commerce, all of whom will likely bear some of the liability in these Romaine lettuce E. coli Lawsuits. The latest reported illness started on May 2, 2018, officials said.

The CDC said 20 people had developed a severe outcome of E. coli infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

Ill people range in age from 1 to 88 years, with a median age of 29. The CDC noted that the most recent reports of illnesses caused by E. coli bacteria was from back when the contaminated lettuce was still available in restaurants and stores.

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The good news is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that lettuce harvest season is over in the Yuma, Arizona growing region which was linked to the outbreak.

The number of people that have been infected by the E. coli romaine lettuce consumption can still increase because of the cases after April 2017. It is therefore unlikely that any of the risky romaine lettuce may still be bought in stores or served in restaurants, as the vegetable only has a 21-day shelf life. Most people get diarrhea (often bloody), severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

The 172 reported illnesses, which resulted in one death and 75 hosptializations, have been traced to lettuce harvested in April in the winter lettuce region around Yuma, Ariz., according to the CDC. Information still indicates that romaine lettuce was from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. All of the lettuce was harvested from March 5-16 and is now past its 21-day shelf life. Anyone with these symptoms must see a doctor immediately, since an E. coli infection and HUS can be deadly.