Lettuce e. coli contamination apparently from canal water
An outbreak of e. coli that began in March 2018 has potentially been traced back to canal water in the Yuma, Arizona, growing area. People who consumed romaine lettuce from the Yuma area began reporting illnesses from eating salads and other chopped lettuce products on March 13. The reports continued through June 6. To date, 210 people in 36 states have become ill from eating the contaminated romaine lettuce. There have been 96 hospitalizations and five deaths.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state health organizations have conducted an environmental assessment in the Yuma growing region to further investigate potential sources of contamination linked to this outbreak. They collected samples from environmental sources in the region, including water, soil, and cow manure.
Even though the investigation and analysis of these samples is ongoing, the CDC has discovered the presence of E. coli0157:H7 with the same genetic finger print as the outbreak strain in the samples taken from canal water in the region.
At last count, the outbreak affected people in 36 states, with 210 people becoming ill from food poisoning: Alabama (3) Alaska (8), Arkansas (1), Arizona (9), California (49), Colorado (3), Connecticut (2), Florida (3), Georgia (5), Idaho (12), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (5), Minnesota (12), Mississippi (1), Missouri (1), Montana (9), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (8), New York (11), North Carolina (1), North Dakota (3), Ohio (7), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (24), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (4), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (8), and Wisconsin (3).
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