35 cases of E. Coli illness has reported in 11 different states, causing the C.D.C. to warn Americans against eating one very beloved vegetable - romaine lettuce. They have traced all of the affected lettuce back to Yuma, Arizona where it was grown.
No specific farm, supplies, distributor, or even brand has been identified at this time, but they do believe it was grown in Yuma, Arizona. The CDC is now urging people to stay away from romaine lettuce unless you can identify the source.
The CDC says that even if you have already eaten from a bag of salad containing romaine that you can not identify the origins of and have not fallen sick, you should dispose of the lettuce. If you are unsure whether or not your lettuce is romaine, it should also be thrown out.
A majority of the affected people report having eaten the salad at a restaurant. When questioned, the restaurants stated that they had purchased the chopped romaine lettuce.
Of the 35 people who have been diagnosed with E. Coli illness following the outbreak, 22 have been hospitalized. Three of the hospitalized patients have since gone on to develop a life-threatening type of kidney failure, hemolytic uremic syndrome.
As of this time, there have been no deaths associated with the outbreak. However, the CDC fears that more cases will be reported, and more people will end up hospitalized. They are working hard to identify the origins of the lettuce.
Please pray for the victims who have fallen ill after eating the lettuce, as well as their families. Hopefully, no one else will fall ill now that the source has been identified.
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