On Tuesday, November 20, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned of an ongoing multistate E. coli outbreak. According to the CDC, cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce have caused infections in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin. At least 32 cases have been confirmed. The CDC is warning people to avoid buying or eating romaine lettuce at grocery stores and restaurants until further notice.
Individuals usually develop symptoms of E. coli two to eight days after consuming the contaminated food. Symptoms include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting. Most people recover within one week of contracting E. coli but some cases can become severe or life-threatening.
Individuals in the US are advised to follow the advice issued by CDC and to consult their website for more information.