Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

E. Coli Outbreak Reaches Minnesota, With Ten Cases Reported

E. Coli Outbreak Reaches Minnesota, With Ten Cases Reported

Locally, seven people were reported sick in New Jersey and two people were found with E. coli in NY, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC is advising all consumers not to eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region. Federal health officials last week said there were reports of more than 120 people getting sick in more than two dozen states.

Bare shelves in a Richland, Wash., grocery store on April 16 after packages of romaine lettuce were voluntarily pulled.

One death was reported from California.

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Three of these cases required hospitalization, and two developed a potentially fatal condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the department. Twenty people have been sickened in Pennsylvania and two people were reported sick in CT.

MDH says romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region should no longer be on sale but individuals should check their refrigerator to see if they bought any in the past.

Though a farm in Yuma, Arizona, was identified as the general source of whole-head romaine that sickened eight inmates in Alaska, health officials are not certain whether the contamination occurred in the field or along the packaging and distribution chain, according to the FDA.

In the meantime, the Yuma growing season has ended, and California is the growing region throughout summer.

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Symptoms of E. coli infection typically include stomach cramps, diarrhea and a low-grade fever, the MDH said.

Most people start feeling sick a few days after eating or drinking food contaminated with the bacteria, but it can take up to 10 days for symptoms to start.

Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with suspected E. coli O157 infections until diagnostic testing can be performed and E. coli O157 infection is ruled out. In 2016, attorney Fred Pritzker and his team of experienced lawyers won $7.5 million for young client whose kidneys failed after he developed hemolytic uremic syndrome because of an E. coli infection. The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clarkhave represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections and have recovered over $650 million for clients.

"Most of the illnesses in this outbreak are not linked to romaine lettuce from this farm and are associated with chopped romaine lettuce (not whole head lettuce)", the agency said in a statement, adding that other farms are being investigated as well.

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