Coli Outbreak is "Likely" Leafy Greens While Canada Declares Outbreak Over

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Agricultural industry associations in the United States reported that public health authorities in Canada declared an end to the outbreak of infections caused by E. coli O157: H7 bacteria, associated with consumption of romaine lettuce, while in the U.S. the Centers for Control and Prevention of Diseases (CDC) continue to investigate, but do not consider that there is a risk for consuming green leafy vegetables.

The Public Health Agency is still advising Canadians to always follow safe food handling tips for preparing lettuce, but says it's no longer advising consumers in the affected provinces to consider types of lettuce other than romaine.

It says there have been no reports on the onset of illness since December 12.

The cases in the United States are the same strain as the cases in Canada and some of them have the same genetic fingerprint. Of 13 people interviewed, all 13 reported eating leafy greens.

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In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control, several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continue to investigate the source of the outbreak, which caused illnesses 15 states.

Patterns in the geographic distribution of illnesses, the time periods when people got sick, and past outbreaks involving the same germ. Consumer Reports still warned against eating romaine. In addition, patients said they ate different types and brands of romaine. "We're working closely with partners to identify that source".

In the US, the CDC did not make any recommendations to the public about avoiding any foods in its initial December 28, 2017, media statement on the outbreak or in today's update.To date, only half of the USA victims have been interviewed by outbreak investigators. Consumer Reports recommended that consumers avoid romaine lettuce until the outbreak cause was determined. If anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms, they should be taken to a doctor immediately. "For instance, if the equipment at a processing plant is contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, new product could become a source of further infections".

Pritzker Hageman law firm helps people sickened by food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and other pathogenic bacteria get answers, compensation and justice. Our lawyers represent families of children in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against grocery stores, food producers, shippers, restaurants, retailers, and schools. Some individuals may develop a severe illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, which can be life-threatening, although most people recover in a few weeks.

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