E.coli, the usual friendly bacteria residing in human intestines showed their hostile side by causing an outbreak, sickening people across many US states. The infection affected a total of 53 people in 16 states with at least 31 cases of hospitalization including five of kidney failure. No fatalities were reported.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday advised that the heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, the detrimental source of this pathogenic E. coli, native to the Yuma region of Arizona, should be avoided.
The source of these nasty bacteria was confirmed when certain people at an Alaska correctional facility recently reported feeling ill after eating romaine lettuce that was traced back to lettuce heads harvested in Yuma. The CDC even warned shoppers of romaine lettuce not to use any if they were doubtful about the source.
Another weird case of E.coli infection was reported by a 66-year-old woman who was recently sickened by the pathogen allegedly after eating Panera bread at a restaurant in New Jersey. The Washington Post reported she was diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a life-threatening illness after experiencing abdominal pain within days of eating the lettuce. She eventually filed a lawsuit against the Panera bread chain.
The CDC has further reported 12 cases in Pennsylvania and 10 cases in Idaho and the number of cases have been on the rise.