Two days before the Thanksgiving dinner, the Center for Disease Prevention (CDC) has launched a sharp warning: Americans should not eat the variety of lettuce known as Roman. If they have it at home, throw it away. Restaurants and stores should do the same neither serve it nor sell it.
The alert comes after 32 people in 11 states have been infected by the dangerous E. coli outbreak. The disease began in October and has kept 13 people hospitalized, including one with kidney failure, according to the CDC. So far no death has been reported. From then until now no withdrawal of the food had been ordered either.
The CDC recommends not only not eating romaine lettuce, but any other salad mix that contains that type of vegetable.C It is recommended to thoroughly clean the refrigerators where it has been stored. “They should throw it away,” the CDC orders, “even if they ate it and did not get sick.”
The CDC wants to make it clear that it is not saying that all lettuces of the Roman variety are contaminated with E. Coli bacteria, but because researchers do not know where the outbreak originated, when or how, it becomes necessary that the millions of people who have been able to eat it recently have it in mind and do not eat it anymore.
The symptoms of E. Coli begin on average three to four days after consuming the bacteria. They include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Most people recover in five or seven days.
However, some people may develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can be life-threatening, although most people recover within a few weeks.
The last outbreak of contaminated romaine lettuce occurred between March and June of this year, when five people died due to the E. coli outbreak linked to lettuce grown in the Yuma region, Arizona.
According to the CDC, the E. coli strain has “the same DNA footprint” as the outbreak that occurred in the salad mix in the United States and Canada last year. Then one person died and 25 were infected in 15 states.