Canada says outbreak over

Joy Montgomery
January 12, 2018

Nine of those people have been hospitalized, two of whom are suffering from a form of kidney failure.

The cases in the United States are the same strain as the cases in Canada, and some of them have the same genetic fingerprint.

She said American consumers "deserve more than this slow and insufficient response" and that families are "now left wondering if the food they are eating is safe".

CDC and FDA will continue to update the public as more information on the outbreak source is uncovered.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the total number of those infected has climbed to 24.

Canadian officials said today an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is over, but US officials are continuing to investigate the deadly foodborne illness outbreak that they believe is linked to leafy greens.

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According to the agency, there have been 42 cases of E. coli across the country as of Wednesday, including eight in Ontario. Since CDC's initial media statement on December 28, seven more illnesses have been added to this investigation. Thus, CDC is not recommending that US residents avoid any particular food given the short shelf life of leafy greens and because a specific type of leafy greens has not been identified.

The CDC says state and local health officials are interviewing patients to try to determine what they ate before getting sick.

On Wednesday, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced it was no longer advising the public against eating romaine lettuce.

Which is why, although Canadian officials urged consumers to avoid romaine lettuce, US health authorities have not yet identified which type of "leafy greens" had led to the spread of the illness. "Without knowing the source, it's hard to know", he said, per NBC News. Individuals became sick in November and early December 2017.

The symptoms of an E. coli O157:H7 infection include severe and painful stomach and abdominal cramps, diarrhea that is bloody and/or watery, and mild fever. Currently, no common supplier, distributor, or retailer of leafy greens has been identified as a possible source of the outbreak.

People usually get sick from this particular strain of E. coli three to four days after eating contaminated food. Finally, avoid preparing food when you are sick, particularly if you are sick with diarrhea. "You can't taste, smell or see E. coli, which is what makes it so risky". There has been one death in California, which was previously reported as connected to the outbreak. Rinsing produce with cool water is a good way to protect against any bacteria lingering on the surface - though not a surefire solution to product contamination. You can also wash counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat to avoid contaminating other foods.

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