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11 January 2018, 10:10 | Melissa Porter
E. coli Outbreak Update – 24 sick, 9 hospitalized, 2 with HUS, 1 dead in 15 states
Nine of those people have been hospitalized, two of whom are suffering from a form of kidney failure, notes CNN, and there has been one death.
These seven new reports bring the total number of cases involving E. coli to 66 in the USA and Canada, with two of those cases being deadly. Cases were previously reported in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. In the United States, the likely source of the outbreak appears to be leafy greens, but health officials have not identified a specific type of leafy greens that sick people ate in common.
American officials said that the outbreak in the United States was most likely caused by "leafy greens", and their counterparts in Canada specifically identified romaine lettuce as the source of the infections there.
"It is clear that the E. coli bacteria that made the USA victims and the Canadian victims sick are closely related".
The CDC believes the USA and Canadian cases could be related, but isn't ready to issue a a specific warning about romaine.
Of 13 victims interviewed, all said they had some type of leafy green before becoming ill, the CDC said.
In all, 42 people, from five provinces, became ill, according to Public Health Agency Canada.
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The food-safety experts at Consumer Reports are advising consumers to avoid romaine all together and any products with romaine in them - such as salad blends and mixes - until the cause is found, identified and removed from store shelves.
There is an outbreak in Canada that is linked to romaine lettuce. "For instance, if the equipment at a processing plant is contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, new product could become a source of further infections".
Most people develop diarrhea (often bloody) and stomach cramps.
If you or a loved one have been sickened with an E. coli O157:H7 infection or HUS, especially after eating romaine lettuce, contact our experienced attorneys for help at 1-888-377-8900. "Right now the CDC is saying it could be other leafy greens, but until we have more corroborating evidence, we continue to think it prudent to avoid romaine lettuce for now".
Wendy's has not traced any E. coli infections to its customers and hasn't seen any issues with its supply chain, but decided not to take any risks.
Symptoms of E. coli typically begin two to eight days after consuming the bacteria.