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HEALTH CDC Investigating Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections
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    CDC Investigating Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections

    [I will update this post as new developments arise]

    For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 28, 2017

    CDC, several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections (STEC O157:H7) in 13 states. Seventeen illnesses have been reported from California (3), Connecticut (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Michigan (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (2), New York (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), Virginia (1), Vermont (1) and Washington (1). Illnesses started on dates from November 15 through December 8, 2017. The Public Health Agency of Canada also is investigating an outbreak of STEC O157:H7 infections in several provinces.

    Whole genome sequencing is being performed on samples of bacteria making people sick in the United States to give us information about whether these illnesses are related to the illnesses in Canada. Preliminary results show that the type of E. coli making people sick in both countries is closely related genetically, meaning the ill people are more likely to share a common source of infection.

    The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak in Canada. In the United States, state and local public health officials are interviewing sick people to determine what they ate in the week before their illness started. CDC is still collecting information to determine whether there is a food item in common among sick people, including leafy greens and romaine.

    Because we have not identified a source of the infections, CDC is unable to recommend whether U.S. residents should avoid a particular food. This investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released as it becomes available.

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    From Food Safety News:
    Deadly outbreak tied to romaine ongoing; no recall, few details
    JANUARY 2, 2018
    ...."Almost 60 people are confirmed to have fallen ill, including one in Canada who died, since mid-November. Initially thought to be limited to certain provinces in Canada, 17 of the confirmed victims are in the U.S. They are spread across 13 states from coast to coast, according to a Dec. 28 statement from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....."
    The 41 Canadian victims are from five provinces. More than 40 percent of them have been hospitalized. The health agency first reported the outbreak on Dec. 11. At that time Canadian officials identified romaine lettuce as the probable source.

    Three days later those federal health officials reported the death, updated the number of confirmed cases, and said people in Eastern provinces should “consider consuming other types of lettuce, instead of romaine lettuce.”

    That suggestion remained in place as of Dec. 28 when the Canadian health agency last updated its outbreak information.
    “This is especially true for this outbreak strain of E. coli (O157:H7), which is more likely to cause severe illness than other E. coli strains,” Public Health Agency of Canada reported.
    Advice to consumers
    Anyone who has eaten romaine lettuce and developed symptoms of E. coli infection should immediately seek medical attention. Specific lab test are required to diagnose E. coli infection.

    Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, headache, mild fever, severe stomach cramps, and watery or bloody diarrhea. The onset of symptoms can range from 1 to 10 days after exposure.

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    I bet they find out turd world handlers of the lettuce caused this.... if they release the info at all.

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    Hmmm. The tomatoes I buy come from Canada. We had some over the holidays but all is well here. I think I'll pass on them until they release the cause just to be safe.

    Oops, should have read the last line about romaine lettuce.


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