E.coli Outbreak Linked to Lettuce
Written by Andrew-Rossi on April 18, 2018
Consumers anywhere in the US are urged to throw away pre-chopped romaine lettuce.
An outbreak of E. coli in 11 states, including Montana, has been linked to chopped romaine lettuce sourced from Arizona. That’s according to the Montana Department of Health and Human Services on Monday.
KTVQ reports that confirmed and suspected cases have been identified in four Montana counties, with the contaminated lettuce sourced from the winter growing areas in Yuma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting three hospitalizes in Montana and an additional 35 cases, including 22 hospitalizations, in other states.
Symptoms of E. coli infection are varied, but typically include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Those symptoms are often accompanied by a low fever, and most people infected will exhibit symptoms three or four days after eating or drinking something that contains the bacteria.
Most people recover within five to seven days – however, some infections can be life-threatening.