Health Care

E. Coli outbreak hits Texas amid reports of illness from romaine lettuce

E. Coli outbreak hits Texas amid reports of illness from romaine lettuce”

Federal health officials say two Saskatchewan residents are among six Canadians who have been stricken by a strain of E. coli that has a similar genetic fingerprint to romaine lettuce from the US southwest that has already sickened 149 people in 29 states. However, the CDC warned that due to a lag in reporting, any illness that occurred in the past two to three weeks may not have been counted in this update.

Cases could still increase, since the time that passes between when a person getting sick and when it's reported takes an average of two to three weeks, according to the CDC.

Last week, the CDC announced that one person had died from the E. coli outbreak; the death, in California, was the first known fatality from this outbreak. Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas are the latest states to report illnesses, bringing the total to 29. At this rate, the E. coli outbreak is expected to worsen overtime. They include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. With supportive treatment, most people recover in a matter of five to seven days.

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.

Officials say other area farms could also be affected since numerous E. coli poisoning cases can be traced to chopped lettuce sold in bagged form to restaurants that didn't come from that Yuma farm.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region in Arizona and California is no longer being produced and distributed, so the potential for exposure to contaminated lettuce is reduced.

To explain the diverse geographical spread of this outbreak, the FDA said it is still investigating multiple points of origin and distribution. Therefore, it is not being sold or served anymore.

The FDA's Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network says it is now investigating dozens of other fields as potential sources of the tainted chopped Romaine lettuce.

Products containing romaine lettuce often don't indicate growing regions, so it could be hard for consumers to tell whether the vegetable they're buying is tainted with bacteria.

"Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, do not eat or buy romaine lettuce if you do not know where it was grown", the agency said in its warning.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


10 May 2018
Magma net profit at Rs 71.48cr
For the fiscal 2018, Arvind Ltd registered a net profit of Rs 250 crore on a total income of Rs 6,498 crore. Total assets of the company as on March 31, 2018, stood at Rs 13,701.26 crore.

10 May 2018
Gist of joint declaration by leaders from Japan, China, S. Korea
Abe said he is determined to pursue efforts to bring them home and seek support from the U.S., South Korea and China . China holds a positive attitude toward establishing RMB clearing bank in Tokyo, the premier said.

10 May 2018
Meghan Markle waxwork unveiled at London's Madame Tussauds
There is suggestion that Meghan could wear the same tiara Princess Diana wore on her wedding day, back in 1981 to Prince Charles . Last year, Philip was seen carriage driving with his ponies on the morning the Windsor Horse Show began.

10 May 2018
$-0.43 EPS Expected for Teladoc, Inc. (TDOC) on May, 14
KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained it with "Buy" rating and $37.0 target in Sunday, September 17 report. It operates through Info-Telecom Systems, Printers, and EMS divisions.now it has negative earnings.

10 May 2018
Cate Blanchett Defends Cannes Film Festival's Low Selection of Female Directors
The Aussie actress was the picture of elegance as she stepped out in a backless lace couture gown. The actress touched down Cannes yesterday after wrapping up her Met Gala 2018 event in NY .

10 May 2018
Year-to-date (YTD) Evaluation: Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBX)
As of now, International Business Machines Corporation has a P/S, P/E and P/B values of 1.65, 12.05 and 7.26 respectively. The company's distance from 52-week high price is -16.73% and current price is above +9.46% from 52-week low price .

10 May 2018
Baltimore county executive Kevin Kamenetz dies suddenly
We will keep the family and friends of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in our thoughts & prayers during this hard time. Baltimore County officials said Kamenetz woke up in his Owings Mills home at 2 a.m. and felt sick.

10 May 2018
Stocks to Lookout For: Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ), AveXis, Inc. (AVXS)
The institutional investors in our database now hold: 140.30 million shares, down from 144.05 million shares in 2017Q3. Wells Fargo has "Buy" rating and $48.0 target. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has "Buy" rating given on Thursday, January 18 by Nomura.

10 May 2018
Funeral being held for fallen Terre Haute police officer
On May 4, Officer Pitts and four other officers were fired on when they approached a murder suspect at an apartment complex. The 5-year-old son of a slain IN officer shared a special message to his father, who was fatally shot last week.

10 May 2018
Syrian state media says Israel attacked just after USA quit Iran deal
Lebanon's National News Agency reported Israeli jets circling over Lebanese territory early on Thursday before exiting. There was no immediate comment from Israel, which nearly never confirms or denies airstrikes in Syria.