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May 3, 2018

Unidentified state resident sickened after eating romaine lettuce

Kentucky Press News Service

The federal government's warning about E. coli contaminated lettuce now includes Kentucky after an unidentified state resident was sickened after eating romaine lettuce.

More than 120 people have been sickened by eating the romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region. The warning has been extended to 25 states, which now includes Kentucky. 

A California resident died from E. coli poisoning becoming the outbreak's first fatality, the CDC announced on Wednesday.

This particular strain of the illness produces a toxin that causes vomiting and diarrhea and potentially other severe symptoms, including in some cases kidney failure. Of the people sickened by eating romaine lettuce, 52 have been hospitalized, 14 of them with kidney failure, the federal government said.



0 #2 Voter 2018-05-15 14:36
The State of Kentucky doesn't require food service workers to be screened prior to hiring.
0 #1 Jim Perry 2018-05-10 18:27
Bird droppings on lettuce fields should be a year round concern? The same with Hep A. Proper sanitation with hand washing is not being taught and performed? Restaurants are a minefield with those who don't know, don't practice prevention and transmissions germs thru contact with the handling of food, eating utensils, and surfaces. Doubtful if the employees are being screened prior to hiring for food services?

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