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More cases in E. coli outbreak

More cases in E. coli outbreak

Nine of those people have been hospitalized, two of whom are suffering from a form of kidney failure, notes CNN, and there has been one death.

The CDC continues to interview sick people in the United States to determine what they ate in the week before their illness started.

However, James E. Rogers, Ph.D., Director of Food Safety Research and Testing at Consumer Reports, cautions that the CDC's position on this could give consumers a false sense of security. "Right now the CDC is saying it could be other leafy greens, but until we have more corroborating evidence, we continue to think it prudent to avoid romaine lettuce for now".

"Leafy greens typically have a short shelf life, and since the last illness started a month ago, it is likely that contaminated leafy greens linked to this outbreak are no longer available for sale", according to today's media statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There is new information out on the deadly E. coli outbreak in the United States and Canada. Most people recover from the illness in five to seven days but some develop a severe illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can be fatal.

In the US, the CDC did not make any recommendations to the public about avoiding any foods in its initial December 28, 2017, media statement on the outbreak or in today's update.To date, only half of the USA victims have been interviewed by outbreak investigators.

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In her letter, the Democrat asked CDC to clarify the coordination between Canada and the USA health authorities on the outbreak, and report any information CDC may have on "implicated suppliers, distributors or retailers".

"To avoid any confusion and in an abundance of caution, we have temporarily removed romaine lettuce from our restaurants in the USA and Canada", said Heidi Schauer, Wendy's spokeswoman.

Although the most recent illness started on December 12, there is a delay between when someone gets sick and when the illness is reported to CDC.

He said the illness onsets "occurred in late Nov & early Dec, so the source of these cases likely is no longer on the market".

Symptoms of E. coli infection include diarrhea (often bloody) and stomach cramps. However, in the United States, state and federal agencies stopped short of making that declaration, stating that the investigation is ongoing. Rinsing produce with cool water is a good way to protect against any bacteria lingering on the surface - though not a surefire solution to product contamination. The strain of E. coli involved in this outbreak, O157:H7, is particularly serious.

You've probably heard by now that 41 people in Canada have contracted E. coli from what possibly could have been contaminated romaine lettuce.

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