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E. coli contaminated Romaine lettuce leads to an outbreak in 32 states and one death
by Nathan'ette Burdine: May 23, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that contaminated Romaine lettuce produced in Arizona’s Yuma region has caused an Escherichia coli (E. coli) 0157:H7 outbreak in 32 states and has led to the death of one person in California and the hospitalization of 75 people.

Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) caused the illnesses and one death. There are a total of 172 cases associated with the E. coli contaminated Romaine lettuce that was produced in Arizona’s Yuma region.

No recalls have been issued. It appears as if no recalls have been issued because the last date, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), of producing the Romaine lettuce in the Yuma region was on April 16, 2018.

This means that the chances are slim to none of there being any Romaine lettuce from the Yuma region in any stores or restaurants.

E. coli is a bacteria that is found in the human and animal intestines. The bacteria is generally transmitted whenever a person ingest an E. coli contaminated substance like food and or water. E. coli may also be transmitted if a person’s or animal’s bodily fluid enters into another person’s body via an open wound and or saliva.

Some of the symptoms a person who has E.coli will show are abdominal cramps, diarrhea (bloody number 2), vomiting, and a fever (101 degrees Fahrenheit).

According to the CDC, most folks pull through within 5-7 days after getting the symptoms.

However, folks who don’t recover tend to get either urinary tract infections, respiratory problems, blood infections, or even death.

Those who have a greater risk of getting the bacteria are pregnant women, infants and young children, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems (folks who have either HIV, AIDS, cancer, and or diabetes).

Proper hydration and other “non-specific supportive therapy” are the treatments the CDC recommends for those who have the E. coli bacteria.

The CDC does not recommend using anti-biotics or diarrhea medication like Imodium to treat a person who has the E.coli bacteria.

The safest way for a person to make sure he/she doesn’t’ get the E. coli bacteria is by washing his/her hands after using the bathroom and after handling food like raw meat and raw eggs.

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