Ten Minnesota Cases linked to Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak

10 Minnesotans Sickened by Contaminated Lettuce

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce spreads to Minnesota

One person, who lived in California, has died.

Product from the Yuma growing region should no longer be on sale; however, individuals should check their refrigerators for romaine lettuce that may have been grown in the Yuma region. The ages of those who were sickened ranges from 1 to 88, and 65 percent were female. Two out of three have been women.

Health officials have tied the outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, which provides most of the romaine sold in the United States during the winter. That includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped romaine, and salads or salad mixes that contain romaine. Romaine lettuce has a shelf life of several weeks, and contaminated lettuce could still be in homes, stores, and restaurants.

While the death count associated with the outbreak remains at one, the CDC has linked 149 illnesses in 29 states to the outbreak, which has been traced back to lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, area.

The number of people infected by the romaine lettuce could still increase, due to cases after April 17. There's a lag in reporting, and the most recent illness began two weeks ago.

Conducting a traceback investigation from farm to plate is far from a direct line, but more of a massive web that requires tedious detective work, said Faith Critzer, a produce safety specialist and associate professor of food sciences at WSU extension in Prosser.

"You're looking at more of a web", Dr. Stic Harris, director of the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration's Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network, said at the time. "We may not get there".

Public health officials in the affected states were investigating the outbreak. "If you do not know if the lettuce in a salad mix is romaine, do not eat it". Four new sates have reported people getting sick, including Florida.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include stomach cramps and diarrhea, often with bloody stools.

The bacteria can spread through ruminants, animals like cattle, sheep, goats, buffalo, elk, and deer; water; the environment and people, Dr. Robert Tauxe, director of CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, said previously.

On Saturday, April 21, the company wanted to remain transparent with their customers, so they alerted them through social media and through an e-newsletter with information about the outbreak and the restaurant's position.

In Minnesota, 10 people are sick.

The contaminated romaine distributed by Harrison was harvested between March 5 and March 16.

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