E. coli Lettuce Outbreak – US Stats Rise, Outbreak Over in Canada

By: Candess Zona-Mendola The CDC announced an additional 7 illnesses linked to its outbreak of E. coli O157 reportedly linked to “leafy greens.” At this time, state and local public health officials continue to interview sick people in the US to determine what they ate in the week before their illnesses began. The preliminary findings show that, of the 13 people with completed interviews, all of them reported eating leafy greens – five of these reported eating romaine. The CDC commented on the results that: “Based on this information, U.S. health officials concluded that ill people in this outbreak were not more likely than healthy people to have eaten romaine lettuce.  Ill people also reported eating different types and brands of romaine lettuce. Currently, no common supplier, distributor, or retailer of leafy greens has been identified as a possible source of the outbreak. CDC continues to work with regulatory partners in several states, at the…

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