Do not eat romaine lettuce — CDC warns

Health officials are urging that all romaine lettuce should be thrown away amid a multistate outbreak of a E. coli bacteria

Romaine Lettuce Warning: Throw Away All Heads of Lettuce Because of E. coli Illness Fears, CDC Says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling consumers to not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants are advised not to sell it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 32 people have become ill from a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in 11 states from October 8 through October 31.

No brand names have been identified and no recall was ordered.

Officials now say you should throw all types or uses of romaine lettuce away immediately.

The outbreak strain, known as E. coli O157, is more likely than others to cause severe illness.

If you're not sure whether your bagged lettuce includes romaine, chuck it out, the CDC says.

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Six of those people have been hospitalized, and one suffered from hemolytic-uremic syndrome, which is a severe complication that can result from an E. coli infection.

People of all ages are at risk of becoming infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, according to the US Food and Drug Administration, which is also investigating the outbreak.

In alarming news for anyone who, say, ate a romaine lettuce salad in the past week: the CDC is warning of a new E. coli contamination. Toss it. In fact, the alert includes advice on how to clean your refrigerator if romaine has been inside it recently.

Talk to your healthcare provider.

Go here for more information from the CDC.

Report your illness to the health department. Some people may develop a fever. "The quick and aggressive steps we're taking today are aimed at making sure we get ahead of this emerging outbreak, to reduce risk to consumers, and to help people protect themselves and their families", Gottlieb added. However, illnesses can start anywhere from 1 to 10 days after exposure.

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