Romaine lettuce linked to E. Coli, two cases confirmed in Massachusetts

Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging people across the United States not to eat any romaine lettuce, after it was linked to an outbreak of E. Coli.

According to the CDC, 32 people across 11 states have been infected with E.Coli and are urging people to throw the lettuce away.

In addition to throwing all types of the lettuce away, the CDC is also recommending people wash and sanitize where the romaine was stored.

People usually get sick from E. Coli two to eight days after ingesting the germ. Symptoms can include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Thirteen people have been hospitalized, but no cases of deaths related to the outbreak have been reported on the CDC’s website.

Until investigators figure out the source of the outbreak, all retailers and restaurants are ordered to not serve or sell any lettuce. Big Y supermarket chain, jumped into action and removed all romaine from all their stores, including salad mixes.

“Everything and anything that had Romaine in it or was Romaine has been removed from our shelves,” said Doug Zimmerman, assistant store director at Big Y in West Springfield. “Also, we put up signs.”

This is the second E-coli outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce. An outbreak in the springtime killed 5 people and made 210 sick in 36 states.

No one has died from this E-coli outbreak. NBC News is reporting California may be the source of the contaminated lettuce.

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