E-coli outbreak impacts North Dakotans

First E. coli infection linked to lettuce reported in ND

First E. coli infection linked to lettuce reported in ND

Almost half have been hospitalized, including more than a dozen with kidney failure.

At least 23 new cases of E. coli have been reported since last Friday, CDC said, bringing the case total to 121. The most recent case was reported on April 21.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday one person from California died related to an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, providing an update on the multi-state outbreak of the disease.

North Dakota'sDepartment of Health did not provide any details about the age or gender of the person confirmed as being an outbreak case. People usually get sick two to eight days after ingesting the bacteria, and most people recover within one week.

As of Saturday, a specific source of the pre-chopped romaine lettuce that is associated with all but eight of the infected people remained unknown, according to federal officials.

The outbreak is the largest in the United States since 2006, when spinach tainted with a similar strain of E. coli sickened more than 200 people. Prison officials helped the Food and Drug Administration trace the whole-head romaine to Harrison Farms in Yuma, AZ.

"It's this continuous cycle of production, so it was eventually going to move out of the Yuma Valley into the next growing region", said Leiseth. "If you can not confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it". In the salads, romaine lettuce was the only common ingredient.

Symptoms of E. coli include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

It usually takes an average of three to four days to after eating contaminated food for people to begin experiencing symptoms.

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