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Coli outbreak steps lag U.S. because of caseloads

Coli outbreak steps lag U.S. because of caseloads”

An unidentified Ottawa resident is among 18 people in Ontario and Quebec who are confirmed to be infected with E. coli as part of an outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

Authorities in the USA are trying to control a series of outbreaks.

The New York City Department of Health said on Wednesday that it was alerting restaurants during regular inspections about the advisory and reaching out to industry trade groups to spread the word. "If you don't know if it's romaine or can't confirm the source, don't eat it".

“At this time, there have not been reports locally to the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.

On Wednesday, Scott Gottlieb, head of the US Food and Drug Administration told NBC News that the lettuce that caused the E.coli infection may have come from California.

The recall of raw ground turkey products is linked to an outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, with 164 infections reported from 35 states.

While most romaine sold this time of year is grown in California, investigators say tracing the source of the contamination can be hard because the produce is often repackaged by middlemen.

The Ottawa case is one of three confirmed in Ontario.

News of another E. coli outbreak tied to leafy greens is "really disappointing" when proper tracing of last year's contamination, with the identical DNA footprint, might have prevented it, Sorscher said.

Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with E. coli O157 infections. "And that means they never solved the problem", he said.

"E. coli bacteria pose a serious public health concern and the suspension of the importation of Romaine lettuce is a necessary and urgent step to protect the health of local consumers". Some cases can become severe enough to pose life-threatening conditions, with the elderly, young and those with weakened immune systems particularly vulnerable. "We need to have retailers require this in their supply chains".

She is referring to romaine lettuce.

Experts said the difference in approach likely stems from how many cases there are, how cautious nations want to be about protecting industries and how certain authorities are about the outbreak's origins. People usually get better within five to 10 days and there is no "real treatment" apart from staying hydrated. "It provides more transparency and traceability".

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