12 hospitalized in PA, linked to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak, photo courtesy Rainer Zenz / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Department of Health is urging residents to throw out romaine lettuce linked to the recent E. coli outbreak.

As of April 24, 2018, Pennsylvania has 12 confirmed cases of the shiga toxin-producing E. coli, which is the particular strain of E. coli that causes these illnesses.

Eight of those 12 have been hospitalized, and one patient developed HUS.

All romaine lettuce from Yuma, Az. should not be consumed, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“This particular strain of E. coli can cause severe illness, including bloody diarrhea and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a type of kidney failure,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “If you have had symptoms, including bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and vomiting, we urge you to contact your physician.”

The CDC says this includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, along with chopped romaine, salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

If you have questions, you can contact the Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

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