Romaine lettuce not safe to eat, should be thrown away immediately — CDC

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In what is frankly a goddamn terrifying article, the Washington Post warns: "The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased". One of the hospitalized people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially life-threatening form of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

The cases in the current outbreak started emerging on October 8.

The CDC says the strain has the same DNA fingerprint as a previous outbreak past year which was linked to leafy greens in the US and lettuce in Canada.

In the meantime, CDC officials say consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants should not serve any romaine lettuce.

If you think you've gotten ill from eating lettuce, please talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

There is a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) linked to romaine lettuce. All brands of romaine lettuce are suspect because no common grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified by the CDC.

The FDA, CDC, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency are investigating the outbreak.

The new warning includes all kinds of romaine lettuce, including whole heads, hearts, bags and boxes of pre-cut romaine, as well as salad mixes containing romaine. "This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available", according to a CDC alert. So far, there have been no cases in Washington State. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.

Children under the age of 5 years, adults older than 65, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness. Contact your healthcare provider if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 days or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you can not keep liquids down and you pass very little urine.

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