Nearly 100 US people sick in lettuce-linked E. coli outbreak

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US health officials are investigating a major E. coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce that has already affected 98 people in 22 states.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said 14 new cases were registered on Friday.Ten people have kidney failure and 46 are in hospital.The CDC linked the outbreak to the Yuma growing region in Arizona, advising consumers not eat or buy romaine lettuce from that area.
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No deaths have been reported.
Coloured scanning electron micrograph of Escherichia coli 0157:H7
The Washington Post reported the story of a 16-year-old girl from California who was rushed to hospital in severe pain and has been diagnosed with kidney failure as part of this outbreak."She was trying to cut out junk food and be healthier," her mother told the newspaper.Tests have confirmed that the strain of Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria in the current outbreak produces a type of toxin that causes more severe illness.
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People usually notice symptoms three to four days after they have been infected, but symptoms can start any time between one and 14 days afterwards and last for up to two weeks.Vegetables and fruits that come in contact with gut and faeces of infected animals are a common source of E. coli-related illnesses.After news of the outbreak was first made public a week ago, people used social media to express their surprise that they were being warned off lettuce, and make jokes about healthy eating.
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How are salads supposed to be heathy if they try to kill us all the time ? #EColi— Brianna Listermann (@brii3) April 21, 2018
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Ate a salad at @Nordstrom tonight and just remembered I am NOT SUPPOSED TO EAT LETTUCE ? does #EColi kill you or will I just get sick, miss some work and maybe lose some weight????? #SOS— Meghan Ellis (@MeghanEllis1) April 25, 2018
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Threw out my romaine lettuce salad and somehow endured. #Romaine— Carl Gottlieb (@c_cgottlieb) April 21, 2018
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