Published: Thu, November 22, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

2 in New Hampshire affected by E coli linked to lettuce

2 in New Hampshire affected by E coli linked to lettuce

No deaths have been reported so far but 32 cases of food poisoning were reported across 11 states in the U.S., with 13 people hospitalised and one patient developing a form of kidney failure.

Public Health Agency of Canada is urging everyone in Quebec and Ontario to throw away their romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak.

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, Canada, and the FDA are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections.

The AVA said on Wednesday that no specific brand of lettuce or farm have been identified by USA authorities in relation to the outbreak, and it has also reminded the food industry here to be vigilant.

Read the full public health notice at this link. WGS performed on E. coli bacteria from ill people in this outbreak showed that the strains were closely related genetically.

Six of those people have been hospitalized, and one suffered from hemolytic-uremic syndrome, which is a severe complication that can result from an E. coli infection. Ill people range in age from 7 to 84 years, with a median age of 24.

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No deaths have so far been reported.

"Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that residents in other parts of Canada are affected by this outbreak", Health Canada spokesperson Anna Maddison told Postmedia in an email.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control also issued a warning Tuesday, telling all Americans to refrain from eating romaine lettuce and retailers and restaurants not to serve it.

"If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away", the CDC said.

This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

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