E. coli-infected salad saga rages on: 31 more sickened, bringing the total to 84 as disease detectives race to identify the source

Thursday, April 26, 2018
By Paul Martin

Last week the CDC warned that if the source of romaine lettuce is unknown it could be contaminated with E. coli
Now, the agency has announced that 84 people are sick with infections
CDC scientists are using advanced genome sequencing to trace the sources of the E. coli outbreak and other foodborne illnesses

26 April 2018

The E. coli outbreak linked to tainted romaine lettuce has grown and sickened 84 people from 19 states, US officials say.

The US Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday that at least another 31 cases are believed to be tied to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona.

The agency says those infected range in age from 1 to 88. More than half of are female.

Forty-two people have been hospitalized, including nine battling kidney failure as the agency scrambles to sniff out the source of the E. coli outbreak.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials say the illnesses started between March 13 and April 12.

The agency and the US Food and Drug Administration last week issued a warning against eating all romaine lettuce.

Officials have not yet identified the source of the tainted lettuce except to say it came from the Yuma region.

Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of germs in food.

The genetic analysis is being used to bolster investigations and – in some cases – connect the dots between what were once seemingly unrelated illnesses.

The investigation is also uncovering previously unfathomed sources of food poisoning, including one outbreak from apples dipped in caramel.

The Rest…HERE

Leave a Reply

Join the revolution in 2018. Revolution Radio is 100% volunteer ran. Any contributions are greatly appreciated. God bless!

Follow us on Twitter