(ONTARIO & QUEBEC) – Ontario and Quebec along with numerous states south of the border are being warned about consuming romaine lettuce while an investigation into a sudden outbreak of E. coli is underway.
Overall about 50 people in two countries have fallen ill, with around 13 that needed to be hospitalized.
The warning includes ALL romaine lettuce, including bags, mixes, caesar salad, whole heads and hearts.
At the present moment, the source of the tainted lettuce is unknown.
“Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick,” the United States Centers for Disease Control said.
Any containers, shelves or refrigerator drawers where the romaine lettuce had been stored or touched should be sterilized, according to the CDC.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is conducting it’s own investigation into 18 E. Coli cases of sicknesses that spawned in Ontario and Quebec.
The United States is dealing with 32 affected people over 11 states which occurred between October 8th and October 31st.
No deaths have been reported thus far, the CDC said.
Symptoms of the sickness include:
- Moderate fever
- Severe stomach cramps
- Vomiting and diarrhea (which is often bloody)
The majority of people will recover in about 5 to 7 days, but unchecked, the sickness can become life-threatening.
The CDC is saying that this outbreak is not related to the previous multi-state outbreak of E. Coli that occurred earlier this year, which saw 5 people die and infected nearly 200 people.
The previous outbreak was traced to a contamination issue used in irrigation water in Yuma, Arizona.