CDC raises warning against certain romaine lettuces

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By EJ Mundell
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, January 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) – It is again safe to buy and eat Romaine lettuce grown on farms around Salinas, California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. UU.

In November, the CDC first issued a warning on November 22 that consumers should avoid all Romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, due to possible contamination with the E. coli bacteria.

But as of Wednesday, the outbreak of E. coli diseases related to lettuce "seems to be over," the CDC said in a statement.

Overall, "a total of 167 people infected with the E. coli O157: H7 outbreak strain were reported in 27 states," the agency said. "Eighty-five people were hospitalized, including 15 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths were reported."

But the romaine lettuce that caused these diseases is no longer believed to be available, so the agency "has suspended its advice that people avoid romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley growing region in California," the CDC said. .

The US Food and Drug Administration. UU. He noted that the E. coli strain identified in the recent outbreak is familiar.

"The genetic analysis of E. coli O157: H7 strains of patients in this current outbreak is similar to E. coli O157: H7 strains associated with an earlier outbreak of the 2017 fall and the 2018 fall that affected consumers in Canada and the United States, "the agency said last November.

Symptoms of E. coli infection, which develop a few days after swallowing the germ, usually include diarrhea (often with blood), severe stomach cramps and vomiting. People who develop such symptoms should contact their doctor, the CDC said.

Most people recover within a week, the agency said, but some diseases can last longer and be more serious.

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SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UU., Declaration, January 15, 2020

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