If you haven’t heard by now, officials are urging citizens not to eat Romaine lettuce as an E. Coli outbreak has been traced back to it. While it was originally reported that the only lettuce that was reported was pre-chopped, it is now believed that whole heads and hearts of romaine are also infected.
They have still not managed to track down the specific farm the romaine was grown at, but it has been traced back to Yuma, Arizona.
Several people at an Alaskan Correctional Facility fell sick after eating whole-head romaine lettuce that has been tracked back to Harrison Farms. Harrison Farms has not been linked to the other E. Coli cases, and the farm is not currently growing lettuce.
As of April 27, a total of 92 people have fallen ill from the outbreak among 22 different states. A total of 46 of those people have since been hospitalized, and ten of them have developed kidney failure.
People fall ill from E. Coli around 2-8 days after ingesting the germ. The most common symptoms include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and even vomiting. It even has been linked to kidney failure.
Until this romaine lettuce contamination has been controlled, officials urge people not to eat romaine lettuce unless you know where it comes from. Do not eat lettuce at a restaurant unless they can identify where it originated.
Please be careful with lettuce until the source has been identified, as officials are still unsure where in the chain of events that the lettuce is becoming contaminated.
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