Reforms in the livestock industry have sharply reduced the number of outbreaks involving meat, but that has been offset by a surge in E. coli contamination of leafy greens.
According to an update from the CDC yesterday, there have now been 121 cases across 25 states.
One death has been reported in California; however, the CDC has not yet provided any additional information about the individual.
The first known case of the outbreak was spotted on March 13.
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The FDA is continuing to investigate the source of the chopped romaine lettuce that caused these illnesses and has identified dozens of other fields as possible sources. This includes hemolytic uremic syndrome or HUS, which destroys red blood cells and damages the kidneys, leading to acute kidney failure.
Health officials in California said 24 people had fallen ill in the state, including the person who died.
She also points to the fact that only romaine was affected, so if you wanted to take extra caution, just switch to another type of lettuce for the time being. People get sick within two to eight days of swallowing the germ, which causes diarrhea, stomach cramps and vomiting.
As reported in last week's media telebriefing, health officials were able to identify at least 1 of the sources, Harrison Farms. The first illnesses occurred in March, and the most recent began on April 21, the CDC said. Instead, investigators will identify current deviations and these companies will have to revisit the effectiveness of their policies guiding the growing, harvesting, and distribution of foods like Romaine Lettuce. Numerous people sickened across the country consumed chopped lettuce that had been sold in bagged form to restaurants. Romaine lettuce now in our stores, including romaine used in deli items, is not from the Yuma region but, rather comes from other growing regions.