Romaine lettuce warning by CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned people to stop consuming the Romaine lettuce. The romaine lettuce coming especially from Yuma, Arizona is the most harmful ones due to the infestation of E. coli in the region. It has been observed that this lettuce has sickened people in 16 states and the news is coming that the number of people getting infested in rising every day.

The warning includes preventing eating of both heads and hearts of the romaine lettuce. It is advisable not to eat it either in the raw form or cooked, salad form or chopped. Health Officials have stated that if you are not confirmed from where the lettuce in your plate has comes from better not to consume it. This could help you protect yourself from many fatal diseases incurred by the E. coli.

Updates are coming from Alaska Health and Correction Officials are stating that around eight inmates have been hospitalized due to the consumption of lettuce came from Yuma, Arizona. However, till date, none of them have died, but the condition is critical. Other than these eight inmates 53 other people also got sick among which 31 have been hospitalized so far. No deaths have been reported till date as per the health officials.

Here are a few symptoms of E. coli which could be traced to known the occurrence of disease related to it.

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody discharge
  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Vomiting

Although the infection due to E-coli gets cleared within a week if the symptoms persist it could lead to kidney failure which is also known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). The symptoms of HUS include the fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth and decreased urination. It has been seen that children get infected with E. coli sooner than adults. Also, people with weak immune system catch the disease more frequently.

Therefore, as per the health officials if anyone is experiencing these symptoms and has also added lettuce to the diet in the past few days, seeking the medical care immediately is essential for them.

The exact source of E. coli outbreak has not been identified so far yet CDC suspects the region to be the primary culprit. It also warned people to not purchase and consume the romaine lettuce for some days to keep the family and yourself safe from being sick.