Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Claims Its First Fatality

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Our E. coli lawyers have litigated E. coli and HUS cases stemming from outbreaks traced to ground beef, raw milk, lettuce, spinach, sprouts, and other food products.

California reported the E. coli-related death, but they did not provide other details.

The outbreak, which began in late March, has caused 121 reported illnesses across 25 states. Fourteen people have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. Another 10 ill people were added to the list, which now includes three new states in Kentucky, Massachusetts and Utah.

Federal health officials announced Wednesday a Californian has become the first person to die in a multistate E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona. California and Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements, which represent companies producing 90 percent of the leafy greens grown in the US, want consumers, restaurants and grocery stores to understand the facts about current romaine supplies to help them make safe choices about the foods they buy and eat.

Usually, illness sets in "an average of three to four days after swallowing the germ".

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Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe. Investigators think that's where the outbreak that spread to more than 20 states started. The strain linked to chopped romain lettuce is a Shinga toxin-producing E. coli, which can cause severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, the CDC said.

The CDC has issued a warning, telling consumers to avoid eating romaine lettuce.

Todays news indicates the traceback investigation is becoming increasingly complex as FDA seeks to identify sources that account for the illnesses in the outbreak. This 51% hospitalization rate is higher than the 30% typically seen in E. coli outbreaks.

Popularity also plays a role in why lettuce is a frequent bad actor: "Lettuce is also eaten the most out of all the produce items", he said.

The most recent information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention indicates that all romaine lettuce from the Yuma, AZ, growing region should not be eaten.

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