Florida now reporting E. coli case linked to romaine lettuce

Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Spreads Source Still Unknown

Florida now reporting E. coli case linked to romaine lettuce

"Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with suspected E. coli O157 infections until diagnostic testing can be performed and E. coli O157 infection is ruled out", the CDC says.

At the moment, it's still unclear whether the Canadians in question picked up the E.Coli in Canada or U.S, as two of the six Canadians traveled to the U.S and ate romaine lettuce there prior to getting infected. Officials may not yet be aware of people who have gotten sick in the last two or three weeks.

The case count in Canada is: British Columbia (1), Alberta (1), Saskatchewan (2), and Ontario (2).

Consumers fell sick between late March and mid-April. Of those - ranging in age from 1 to 88 - half have been hospitalized.

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Attorney Brendan Flaherty has represented many people sickened with E. coli infections and hemolytic uremic syndrome.

We asked attorney Brendan Flaherty, with the law firm Pritzker Hageman, if outbreaks cross the border often. "And we'll likely see more lawsuits".

With all of this, there still not has been a recall issued as the CDC and FDA warn against eating any romaine lettuce. The Yuma growing region includes parts of western Arizona and the Imperial Valley of southeastern California.

The CDC is urging people to throw out Romaine lettuce in their fridge. Restaurants and retailers are also instructed not to sell or serve romaine lettuce, and to check with their suppliers regarding where their romaine lettuce is sourced. Pennsylvania has reported the second most cases - 20.

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- Remove the outer leaves from a head of lettuce. Rinse until all the dirt is washed away. In all likelihood, the contaminated lettuce is no longer in circulation, he said. Discard when leaves become wilted or brown. Follow the expiration date and refrigerate these products.

The Washington Post reported that eight prisoners were affected in Alaska, and that it was a risky strain of E. coli in 0157:H7 that can produce a Shiga toxin and severely damage the kidneys.

"People with E.coli can get bloody diarrhea and stomach cramps". Sixty-four people have been hospitalized. Of the 164 cases, 64 - or 50 percent - involve hospitalizations, with 17 developing hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure that could be life-threatening. One person in California has died from it.

The E. Coli outbreak continues to sweep the country.

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