Do not eat romaine lettuce following E.coli outbreak — CDC

Faith Castro
November 21, 2018

The outbreak is considered completely different from the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak that swept the USA earlier this year, as the E. coli bacteria have a different fingerprint.

The investigation into the illnesses, which all started on dates between October 8 and October 31, indicates that romaine lettuce is likely the outbreak's source. According to a report by The Washington Post, the C.D.C. has found that a particularly unsafe type of E. coli virus has taken hold of lettuce around the country. Six of those individuals were hospitalized and one individual suffered from hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a severe complication that can result from an E. coli infection.

No deaths have been reported in the current outbreak, but 13 people in the US and six in Canada have been hospitalized.

'Do not eat any romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts, chopped, organic and salad mixes with romaine until we learn more, ' the agency said on Tuesday afternoon.

Romaine Lettuce Warning: Throw Away All Heads of Lettuce Because of E. coli Illness Fears, CDC Says

In what is frankly a goddamn terrifying article, the Washington Post warns: "The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased". The FDA says it's working with officials in Canada, where officials are also warning against romaine lettuce.

Restaurants should not serve romaine lettuce, grocery stores should pull it from the shelves, and people should get rid of whatever they might have in the fridge, the CDC said. Consumers are instructed to wash and sanitize all surfaces "where romaine was stored" and follow a five-step process to exorcise - er, cleanse - their refrigerators, while restaurants and stores are asked not to sell any.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency doesn't yet have enough information to request suppliers issue a recall. Meanwhile, Canda's Public Health Agency has reported 18 cases of the same E. coli virus. Canadian health officials have also reported E. coli infections with the same DNA fingerprint. If the type of lettuce is not known, the CDC advises to throw it away out of caution. Fifteen cases of the illnesses were in Quebec and three were in Ontario. Thirteen people have been hospitalized.

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