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.
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