-Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
Rachel Levine said the particular strain of E. coli can cause severe illness, including bloody diarrhea and hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.
Federal health officials announced Wednesday that a multistate E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona has spread to 31 new victims, three new states and was proving to be a very potent strain of bacteria. Our E. coli lawyers have litigated E. coli and HUS cases stemming from outbreaks traced to ground beef, raw milk, lettuce, spinach, sprouts, and other food products. This means do not eat whole heads, hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing this leafy green. The people fell ill between March 13 and April 12, although the lag time between eating, sickness and reporting means there might be people infected after April 5 yet to be reported.
If diarrhea lasts more than three days or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool or so much vomiting that the patient can not keep down liquids, a doctor must be called, the agency said.
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"We were able to substitute iceberg lettuce for some of the customers that you know, they still wanted to have say a chicken Caesar salad and we would put croutons and Caesar dressing and sort of make the best that we could", Drivas added.
The sweeping advisory came after information tied to some new illnesses prompted health officials to caution against eating all kinds of romaine lettuce that came from the city of Yuma, Ariz., where the outbreak began.
Clark says for the most part the bags of lettuce sold in grocery stores that are triple washed are generally safe to eat, but washing fruits and veggies with water is not going to help get rid of the E. coli. Some food safety advocates such as Consumer Reports is advising people to avoid all romaine lettuce for now.
Other states with multiple confirmed cases include New Jersey with seven, Arizona with three, and Connecticut, Michigan, New York and OH with two. However, E. coli can be life-threatening, especially to young children and the elderly. Three more states have reported ill persons: Colorado, Georgia, and South Dakota.