Twenty-eight more people in four states (Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Texas) have been sickened by E. coli-tainted romaine lettuce, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday.
At the moment, it's still unclear whether the Canadians in question picked up the E.Coli in Canada or U.S, as two of the six Canadians traveled to the U.S and ate romaine lettuce there prior to getting infected. We don't know exactly where in Texas that person lives. Advice to travellers is to avoid buying and eating romaine lettuce unless they can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region.
Scientists have identified a link to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region. In Ohio, three illnesses have been linked to the outbreak.
At least 64 people have been hospitalized in the United States, including 17 with kidney failure.
The illnesses were reported in four provinces, including two cases in Saskatchewan.
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"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", the CDC says.
In April, the CDC warned Americans to toss out any romaine lettuce they might have bought in stores. These include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting.
For most, recovery will occur within a week, but more severe cases last longer.
The bureau says if it's determined that polluted romaine lettuce is at the Canadian marketplace, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will remember the merchandise as needed. CDC's warning applies to whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.
The problem stems from bacteria-tainted romaine lettuce grown near Yuma, Arizona.