North Dakota has 1st illness related to bad romaine lettuce

First E. coli infection linked to lettuce reported in ND

ND - Lettuce Outbreak

"If you don't know where your romaine lettuce is from, it's better to discard it", Brenton Nesemeier, epidemiologist at the N.D. Department of Health said. The California Department of Public Health confirmed the death but did not provide any additional details, citing patient privacy laws.

This week the centers for disease control reported a person died from the E.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, area. Today, Nebraska reported the death of an elderly woman with an illness compatible with E. coli O157 infection who consumed raw spinach; E. coli O157 with the outbreak strain "DNA fingerprint" was detected in the remaining spinach.

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Researchers say 642,000 cases of disease related to bug bites were reported from 2004 through 2016. Researchers added 23 more cases to its list from April 27 to May 2, with the most recent known case occurring on April 21. The strain of E. coli has been identified as one that produces strong versions of Shiga toxins, which bind to blood cells and can destroy organ linings.

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Fifty-two of the ill people were hospitalized.

It's hard to believe that it was over four months ago that the CDC issued a warning to stop eating romaine lettuce due to fear of an E. coli contamination. Prison officials helped the Food and Drug Administration trace the whole-head romaine to Harrison Farms in Yuma, AZ.

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"The FDA has stated they can not be certain that romaine lettuce from the Yuma region is no longer in the supply chain due to the 21-day shelf life", said Laura Cronquist, epidemiologist with the North Dakota health department. Ian Williams, chief of the CDC's Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, "This bacteria can actually get inside the lettuce leaf".

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