Don't eat romaine lettuce — CDC

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The Wichita Falls ISD has stopped serving romaine lettuce sourced from Yuma, Arizona following a recall by the CDC. Those patients live in Missoula, Ravali, Flathead, Lincoln, and Gallatin. No, said Ian Williams, chief of the CDC's Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch. Four of those patients live in Maricopa and one in Pinal County.

So there could be at least 66 people sick in this ongoing outbreak.

The agency has tracked 53 cases of E. coli infection with 31 hospitalizations.

"When an infected plant goes through a chopper then everything that falls through and touching that machine has a chance of getting that E.Coli spread to it", Robert explained. The hardest hit states are Idaho, New Jersey, Alaska, Montana, and Pennsylvania. This may also be a reason for the high numbers. Nearly 10% have developed this life-threatening complication in this particular outbreak. Leafy greens like lettuce can become contaminated by the bacteria through soil, contaminated water, animals or improperly composted manure.

Escherichia coli - or E. coli - are usually harmless and serve a goal in human and mammals' digestion. These batches originate in Yuma, Arizona, but since it is hard to confirm the exact origins of store-bought romaine, the CDC has urged Americans not to consume any romaine whatsoever. "We can ask folks to review the menu and say, okay, of all these things that were served, what did you eat?"

If you have such lettuce at home, the CDC says to throw it away, because it could be tainted with E. coli.

While investigating the source of an outbreak, epidemiologists have to rely on people's imperfect memories to identify common threads among confirmed cases-and those are just the people who report their illness. It can cause diarrhea, blood in feces, vomiting, stomach cramps, and fever. Eight people ate it and got sick in Nome, Alaska and authorities did find out that the culprit was the lettuce but they still do not know where this contamination started.

Five of those people reported developing a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. Patients stop producing urine; they are usually pale and lethargic, and. may have unexplained skin rashes or bruises.

Another reason why women are suffering more than men is the way that they report their symptoms to their doctor. Infections can range from mild to life-threatening.

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