E coli outbreak sickens 17 in 7 states — CDC

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No word on what caused it.

Niki Forbing-Orr, public information manager for Idaho health and welfare, said most of the people affected are from the Treasure Valley but others also have been sickened in other parts of the state. Most people recover within a week, but it can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure.

Health officials warn the public to stay away from store-bought chopped romaine lettuce. Twenty-six of 28 or 93 percent of people interviewed after becoming ill reported eating chopped romaine lettuce the week before they became sick.

As soon as the poisoned food is identified, grocery stores and restaurants will be advised to avoid serving it. E. coli is often transmitted on raw vegetables and undercooked meat.

Thc CDC says evidence indicates that chopped romaine lettuce is the likely source of the outbreak.

No grower, supplier or brand of lettuce has been identified yet.

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Idaho has been hard hit in the multistate E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that the CDC has linked to chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona area. To date, 35 other cases have been reported in 11 states with 22 hospitalizations and no deaths. "The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads".

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said all Romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes, should be thrown away no matter where in the United States it was purchased.

However, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey health department said they have "not concretely determined Panera as the source", adding that the matter remains under investigation.

As I've mentioned above, there is only one confirmed case of E. Coli infection in the OH state.

The CDC has said these complications are is more common older adults, young children and those with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms including bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting commonly appear three to four days after ingesting the harmful bacteria and usually clear up within a week.

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