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Outbreak Lettuce E. Coli Infections November

Outbreak Lettuce E. Coli Infections November
Outbreak Lettuce E. Coli Infections November

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Video: CDC reports 67 cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce 2023, January

Only hours to go before Thanksgiving activities begin. Throughout the country, dinners with delicious turkeys, fruit jellies, cakes and salads will be prepared. But authorities are sounding the alarm about an E. Coli epidemic caused by lettuce, which has sickened people in more than 19 states and continues to spread unstoppably.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an alert Tuesday through its official website warning of the infectious outbreak originating from lettuces grown in Salinas, California.

So far, 67 cases of people with E. Coli have been confirmed in 19 states, ranging in age from 3 to 89 years. 39 of them have had to be hospitalized and at least six have developed kidney failure as a consequence of the infection.

The warning includes all kinds of lettuce including “whole romaine lettuce, organic romaine lettuce, romaine lettuce hearts, pre-cut romaine lettuce salads, romaine lettuce mixes with other lettuces, including b aby romaine, spring mix and Caesar salad mix”, as the CDC website says.

The only type of lettuce that is excluded from this alert is "hydroponic lettuce", it is claimed, since it is grown in greenhouses and apparently has not been watered with water that would have contaminated the other legumes.

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Microbes, germs
Microbes, germs

"Look on the packaging for a label that shows where the romaine lettuce was grown," he says. "It is printed on the packaging itself or on a label."

The warning also goes for restaurants that serve dishes with lettuce. "Restaurants and stores should not sell romaine lettuce if they cannot confirm that it comes from a place outside Salinas," said Frank Yiannas, deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Safety Commission (FDA) to the CNN channel.

According to the CDC, the common symptoms of Escherichia Coli infection are “bloody diarrhea and stomach pain. In general, the people affected do not have a fever or if they do, it is only very mild.”

"The infection affects the red blood cells and kidneys," it is reported. "This only occurs in approximately one in 50 people, but it is very serious and can cause death in the event that these patients are not treated in the hospital."

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