Tainted romaine lettuce likely gone, but illness counts still rising

Three more people in Ohio have been treated for E.coli infections traced to Romaine lettuce, adding to the nationwide total of 172.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – While chances are slim that contaminated romaine lettuce is still in your refrigerator – or even on the market – illness counts were updated this week to include three more from Ohio for a total of six.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the national count of E.coli infections traced to a likely source in Yuma, Arizona totals 172 illnesses, including 20 kidney failures, and one death in California.

The last harvest from that area occurred in mid-April.

To help curb future outbreaks, the CDC recommends that you:

  • Wash your hands before and after preparing fruits and vegetables.
  • Wash or scrub all fruits and vegetables under running water before eating, cutting, or cooking.
  • Refrigerate cut, peeled, or cooked fruits and vegetables as soon as possible, or within 2 hours. Refrigerate within 1 hour if the temperature outside is above 90 degrees.
  • Use a refrigerator thermometer to make sure the temperature stays at 40 degrees or below.
  • Store fruits and vegetables away from, and not next to or below, raw meat, poultry, or seafood. These items can drip juices that may have germs.

Click here for a poster with additional information, or call 1-800-232-4636.


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