Romaine lettuce likely cause of E coli illnesses, deaths in US, Canada
Jan 09 2018 by Kathy Alvarado
One person in each country has died.
Canadian health authorities identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak in Canada, but the investigation in the U.S.is still ongoing.
Over the past seven weeks, at least 58 people in the United States and Canada have been sickened and two have died from a risky strain of Escherichia coli (E coli) bacteria, likely from romaine lettuce. The Public Health Agency of Canada has been investigating the outbreak of E coli infections in several provinces.
Meanwhile, Consumer Reports has a made staunch warning to avoid eating romaine lettuce, at least until more information is made available about the outbreak.
The CDC said their preliminary findings show the E. coli type in both the USA and Canada is "closely related genetically". However, the type of E. coli making people ill resembles that linked to a similar recent outbreak in Canada, where the Public Health Agency of Canada identified romaine lettuce as the source, the CDC said. "Individuals in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador should consider consuming other types of lettuce, instead of romaine lettuce, until more is known about the outbreak and the cause of contamination".
However, there are certain strains of E. coli that can cause illnesses such as the Shiga toxin-producing strain of E. coli, which is often heard of in relation to food-related outbreaks.
Bengals hire Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator
Before becoming the Lions' coordinator, Austin spent 10 years coaching defensive backs for the Ravens , Cardinals and Seahawks. A report from NFL Media stated that Austin and the Bengals agreed to terms despite strong interest from the Raiders .
Israel To Restore Power To Gaza After Palestinian Dispute
The Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza in 2007 after driving out forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas . The strike came after three mortars were fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Wednesday, causing no injuries or damage.
State and local officials are interviewing people who became infected, the CDC says, to look for common threads in what they ate-including leafy greens and romaine lettuce-in the week before their illness started.
However, on its website, it said, "We have not identified a source of the infections, thus is unable to recommend whether United States residents should avoid a particular food".
"There is not enough epidemiologic evidence at this time to indicate a specific source of the illnesses in the United States", Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokeswoman.
UnsafeFoods will continue to report on this outbreak and any potential recalls as more information is released. People can be exposed to E. coli from contaminated water or food, the Mayo Clinic said. In the United States, the illness has occurred in 13 states, including California.
This page allows you to send the current page to your friend.