A severe E. coli outbreak linked to leaf lettuce has spread to 19 states and hospitalized 39 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Tuesday,media BGR reported. These problematic lettuces come from the Salinas, California region. The CDC warns people to avoid eating lettuce from the region.
The CDC said in its latest announcement that there are currently 67 specific cases of E. coli related to lettuce in the Salinas region in the United States, 39 of which must be hospitalized. States with cases include Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Wisconsin alone accounts for 40 cases, but produce is often sold and redistributed in many forms, so people should be wary of potentially contaminated lettuce, no matter where they are. The CDC says people should avoid eating them altogether if they see a lettuce product on the shelves that doesn’t have a label label on its origin.
The CDC explains:
The FDA and states are tracking the source of the lettuce the patient eats. Preliminary information indicates that some patients ate lettuce grown in the Salinas, California region. Co-growers, suppliers, distributors, or brands of long-leaf lettuce have not been found.
Of all this, the good news is that there have been no reports of deaths from E. coli outbreaks. Previously, an E. coli outbreak of lettuce that began at the end of 2018 eventually spread to 36 states and killed five people.