E. coli outbreak in 11 states linked to romaine lettuce

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According to the CDC, infections have surfaced in 11 states impacting 35 people afflicted with the O157:H7 strain. Three have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure.

Other states in the outbreak include Idaho, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Missouri and Washington.

The state is continuing to work with local health partners to identify, interview and obtain lab specimens from New Jersey residents who may have become ill from the contaminated food.

"The investigation is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections", the US agency reports.

The CDC will provide the public with more information as it becomes available. Ill people range in age from 12 to 84 years, with a median age of 41. 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.

Prior to this update, the New Jersey Department of Health announced that they were in the process of investigating 8 E. coli infections in 4 counties-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, and Warren. They all got ill after eating romaine lettuce.

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"If you can not confirm the source of the lettuce, do not buy or eat it".

For consumers, CDC said this means any store-bought chopped romaine lettuce purchased for home-made salads and salad mixings is best thrown out.

Public health investigators are working to determine the source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 17 people. Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their chopped romaine lettuce.

Epidemiologic evidence collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce is the likely source of this outbreak. Before buying romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, confirm that it is not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting.

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