From the CDC:
Investigation Announcement: Multistate Outbreak of Human E. coli O145 Infections Linked to Shredded Romaine Lettuce from a Single Processing Facility
Local and state public health officials in Michigan, New York, and Ohio are investigating human illnesses caused by E. coli O145.
As of May 5, 2010, a total of 19 confirmed and 10 probable cases related to this outbreak have been reported from 3 states since March 1, 2010.
According to the CDC, the states involved are Michigan, Ohio and New York. The shredded romaine lettuce all comes from the same processing plant and is being recalled. Freshway Foods issued a recall of all products containing romaine lettuce with a use by date of May 12 or earlier.
E. coli 0145 is similar to the more common E. coli 0157:H7, but according to the CDC, goes unreported because it is not routinely tested for. The CDC says 3 of the patients have developed hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of E. coli that often results in kidney failure.
For more information, visit the CDC webpage for E. coli 0145.
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