On Friday, April 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 from the Yuma (Arizona) growing region have caused infections in Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington. At least 53 cases have been confirmed, along with 31 hospitalizations. The CDC is warning people to avoid buying or eating romaine lettuce at grocery stores and restaurants unless they can confirm it is not from Yuma.
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.