Health professionals say romaine lettuce can be deadly

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The CDC links the outbreak of E. Coli Infections to Romaine Lettuce, causing several deaths in several states. Health professionals urge you to stay away until further notice.

 E.Coli is a type of bacteria that is found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals. Most types of E. Coli are harmless, while others strains can make you sick.  

According to the CDC, as of four days ago, there has been 32 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli that have been reported from 11 states. The CDC reports no cases in North Dakota.  

CBS News says the FDA is working to determine the source of the tainted romaine lettuce. This is the second romaine lettuce E.coli outbreak this year. the first one originated in Yuma, Arizona  and caused 5 deaths.

Family nurse practitioner at CHI St. Alexius, Margaret Williams, says  this can be deadly if you are not careful. 

“It can lead to kidney failure, that is what they are concerned about. Typically you will have symptoms in about three to five days where you will have some cramping, diarrhea, nausea that kind of thing,” Williams said.

If you are having symptoms of E. Coli talked with your healthcare provider and report it to the health department immediately.

If you any type of romaine lettuce in your home, ypu should not eat it and throw it away. This includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and more.

Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored.
 

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