E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce
The FDA, CDC, and state and local agencies are investigating
an outbreak of E.Coli illnesses that are likely connected to romaine lettuce.
The genetic analysis of this E. Coli strain tested in this current outbreak is
similar to that of a strain related to an outbreak in fall of 2017. The 2017
outbreak was associated with leafy greens in the
and romaine in
Right now, romaine lettuce is the suspected link for illnesses found in both
onset in the
during this latest outbreak was on Halloween, and for this outbreak
investigation, the average timing from when a person become ill and when that
illness is reported to the CDC is about 20 days.
For the time being – it’s
recommended to not eat romaine lettuce until more is known about the source of
the lettuce and the outbreak.