The FDA has identified Harrison Farms of Yuma, Arinzoa, as the grower and sole source of the whole-head romaine lettuce that sickened people at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome, Alaska. "Many people get diarrhea [frequently bloody], serious stomach cramps and throwing up", inning accordance with the CDC.
Ten of the hospitalized patients have developed a type of kidney failure associated with E. coli called hemolytic uremic syndrome. No deaths have been reported, CDC said.
Officials said the latest cases are from Mississippi, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Fourteen more people have fallen ill with risky E. coli infections that have been traced to romaine lettuce, making this outbreak the largest in over a decade. "We'd like to emphasize that most of the illnesses in this outbreak are not linked to this particular farm", Harris said.
On April 20, the CDC alerted Americans to throw out any romaine lettuce they may have purchased in stores.
"We are investigating dozens of other fields as potential sources of the [tainted] chopped Romaine lettuce", Harris said.
The outbreak is blamed on E. coli bacteria in romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona.
Speaking at the news briefing, he stressed that other area farms could also be affected. However, the FDA noted that it hasn't determined how the lettuce was contaminated and that contamination could have occurred at any point along the growing, harvesting, packaging, or distribution chain.
The growing season in the Yuma region runs from November to March and then moves north to Salinas, California, for the summer.
The CDC anxious that E. coli health problem can be really major, even fatal.
Based on information from growers, federal officials said they can't guarantee there are no more romaine products now coming out of the Yuma growing region. The restaurants used bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads.
Consumers are encouraged to not buy romaine lettuce unless they know where it's from.
The issue began when federal inspectors traced the outbreak back to the Yuma, Arizona, region, a robust area of a state that is responsible for a lot of the produce that we eat across the country. At a media telebriefing today, Matthew Wise, PhD, MPH, deputy branch chief for outbreak response at the CDC, said the outbreak is the largest involving E coli O157:H7 since an 2006 outbreak linked to fresh spinach that sickened about 200 people.
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