State health agency officials to Ahwatukee: Toss romaine


The symptoms of an E. coli O157:H7 infection include severe and painful abdominal and stomach cramps, and diarrhea that is usually watery or bloody.

Of the eighty-four people sick, 42 people have been hospitalized.

Nine people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

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The sweeping advisory came after information tied to some new illnesses prompted health officials to caution against eating all kinds of romaine lettuce that came from the city of Yuma, Ariz., where the outbreak began. He says, "No one should get sick just because they ate a salad".

The Centers for Disease Control continues advising people to avoid eating romaine lettuce as OH reports its third case of E. coli and once again it is another woman from Mahoning County. The warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

"The CDC has said that any of this romaine lettuce that has been produced since November of previous year is the potential for it to be contaminated so they don't know how long this could last", said Finder.

He has since confirmed from his suppliers, that his lettuce did not come from Yuma and is in fact safe to eat. Wash fruits and vegetables before eating or handling and avoid cross-contamination of food.

People can start to feel sick any time between two to eight days after consumption.

DHS is working with local health departments, the CDC and the FDA to confirm the source of the E. coliO157 infections, to identify additional cases and to prevent the spread of the disease. Anyone experiencing those symptoms is urged to call a doctor.

The law firm of Pritzker Hageman helps people sickened by contaminated food such as leafy greens and ground beef protect their legal rights, and get compensation and justice.

Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce. The problem is that no one farm has been identified as the E. coli culprit. Class action lawsuits may not be appropriate for outbreak victims because the cases are very unique.