The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded warnings to consumers on Friday to avoid the growth of all types of Romaine Lettuce in Yuma, Arizona because E. coli outbreak in at least 61 people in 16 states.
The agency had previously instructed people not to eat chopped bags of Romaine Lettuce in the area. However, in addition to all packaging products, new warnings also include the entire Romaine head.
The newly reported E. coli OH157:H7 outbreak at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome, Alaska, prompted the CDC to expand its consumer recommendations.
According to information provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, eight prisoners in prison were infected with the virus after eating whole romaine lettuce contaminated with bacteria.
The Alaska authorities stated that none of the 8 patients who outbreak in the prison were hospitalized and no one died. There were no other cases found in the states other than the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center.
E. coli is a bacterium commonly found in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Although most strains are harmless, the recently discovered virus – 0157:H7 – is a specific strain that can cause serious disease. Symptoms may be mild to severe, including possibly bloody diarrhea.
A report released by the CDC on Wednesday stated that since the consumer began reporting that they were ill on March 13, 31 people have been hospitalized.
Five people have developed a type of renal failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. No deaths were reported.
The CDC has not been able to identify the specific growers, suppliers, distributors or brands responsible for the contaminated Romaine Lettuce.