CDC: Romaine Lettuce Safe to Eat Again After Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

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Health officials have reported that the number of cases of E. coli tied to tainted romaine lettuce has grown to 172.

This outbreak has been particularly risky due to Shiga-toxins, which can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting and in the most severe cases, kidney failure.

Illnesses that occurred after April 21, 2018, might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported.

As a result of the E. coli infection, the CDC said that about 20 people had developed a type of kidney failure disease which is known as a Haemolytic uremic syndrome and around 75 people have been hospitalized. And one person, in California, has died.

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The last shipments from the Yuma growing region were harvested on April 16. Officials say because of romaine lettuce's three-week shelf life, it should no longer be connected to the illnesses. After all the investigation and supervision only, it would be permissible to continue eating romaine lettuce, till then it is not permitted to consume in the U.S. "Once it was confirmed that the romaine we serve did not come from Yuma, Arizona, we deemed it to be safe for consumption".

The CDC has stopped advising consumers to throw away romaine lettuce if they can't confirm where it's from. However, certain E. coli strains may cause illness, such as the O157:H7 strain found in the infected romaine lettuce that produces the Shiga toxin.

The Nebraska case is from Douglas County. Researchers say that they have dozens of farms under supervision that might spread the bacteria through romaine lettuce and are under the provision.

While the FDA and CDC haven't been able to trace the outbreak beyond just the general area of the Yuma region, food safety attorney Bill Marler is trying to track back via lawsuit. Common symptoms include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting.

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