CDC investigation update of <i>E. coli</i> 0157 H7 infections now linked to romaine lettuce

Amid a multistate outbreak of E. coli, CDC on Friday warned consumers not to eat any type of romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, CA. According to the agency, 40 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli 0157:H7 in 16 states.

Amid a multistate outbreak of E. coli, CDC on Friday warned consumers not to eat any type of romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, CA. According to the agency, 40 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli 0157:H7 in 16 states. There have been 27 hospitalizations and five patients who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. The outbreak is caused by the same strain of E. coli that caused previous outbreaks associated with leafy greens in 2017 and romaine lettuce in 2018, laboratory data show. Robert Tauxe, MD, director of the CDC Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, said: "We are concerned about the potential for contaminated lettuce on store shelves and in people's refrigerators. Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, it is critically important to avoid buying or eating romaine lettuce from the Salinas growing area so you can protect yourself and your family."