Throw Out All Types of Romaine Lettuce, CDC Warns

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Advice to consumers is to not eat or buy any romaine lettuce until you can absolutely confirm it did not come from the Yuma, Arizona growing region or until this E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak has been declared over.

The current romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak is the most widespread E. coli outbreak of any kind in 13 years in the United States, according to numbers in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Wednesday update.

The number of cases in OH increased from two to three in the latest report. Anyone with these symptoms should see a health provider immediately and report their infection to local departments of health and social services.

Although the health department would not say if the woman was hospitalized, officials did say that two of the three Mahoning County cases involved hospitalizations. "Health officials are working to determine why this strain is causing a higher percentage of hospitalizations".

The case count by state in this E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak is: Alaska (5), Arizona (5), California (13), Colorado (2), CT (2), Georgia (1), Idaho (10), IL (1), Louisiana (1), MI (2), Missouri (1), Montana (7), New Jersey (7), NY (2), OH (3), Pennsylvania (18), South Dakota (1), Virginia (1), and Washington (2). The most recent case involved a person becoming sick April 12, but the CDC notes that sicknesses since April 5 may not have been reported yet to authorities.

Three of those individuals were hospitalized, and two developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome related to the E. coli infection.

According to the CDC, no deaths have been reported.

They went back to the emergency room, where the hospital said Radovich was having kidney failure and sent her by ambulance to a nearby children's hospital in Roseville, California.

Sixty-four of 67 people interviewed reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before their illness started. But investigators still have not identified a common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine. A previous warning was limited to chopped forms of romaine, including salads and salad mixes.

He has since confirmed from his suppliers, that his lettuce did not come from Yuma and is in fact safe to eat.

People who now have store-bought romaine lettuce in their homes are urged to throw it away, even if someone in the household ate the product without getting sick.

IU Health Arnett Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Rebecca Finder thinks he made the right decision in throwing out the lettuce until he knew for sure.

-Do not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

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