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BRIEF: Nine people in PA infected with E. Coli in national outbreak, CDC says

Morning Call - 4/16/2018

April 16--Nine people in Pennsylvania have gotten sick in a national e. Coli outbreak from contaminated chopped romaine lettuce, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The health agency is advising people to throw away romaine lettuce, including salad mixes that contain the vegetable.

People typically get sick three to four days after eating contaminated food, according to the CDC. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. Most will get better within a week, but the symptoms can last longer and be severe.

Since March, 35 people have gotten sick, including 22 people who have been hospitalized, three of whom developed kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

The CDC tracked the infections across eleven states to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, but no brand or grower has been identified, according to the CDC.

Pennsylvania has the highest number of people infected, followed by Idaho and New Jersey.

The CDC investigation is ongoing to identify the source of the contamination.




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