After 31 people across 16 states were hospitalized due to e-coli bacteria, health officials are strongly advising consumers to throw out any romaine lettuce they may have purchased recently. Although the bacteria have been traced to Arizona, no particular grower or distributor has yet been linked with the outbreak of a strong strain of e-coli. According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine people have suffered serious kidney failure as a result of contracting e-coli from the affected romaine lettuce. Aside from the 31 who have been hospitalized, another 22 have fallen ill from eating the lettuce, with cases reported across Alaska, Arizona, California, Louisiana, Montana, Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Virginia.
This virulent strain of Escherichia coli O157:57 started in late March. To put an end to it as soon as possible, the CDC has advised:
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