CDC Investigating Multistate E. coli Outbreak
CDC, several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producingE. coli O157:H7 infections. Seventeen illnesses have been reported from 13 states. Preliminary laboratory results show that the E. coli that made people sick in the United States is closely related genetically to the E. coli making people sick in an outbreak in Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak in Canada. CDC is still collecting information to determine whether there is a food item in common among sick people, including leafy greens and romaine.
The symptoms of Shiga toxin- producing E.coli infections vary for each person but often include very bad stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. If there is fever, it usually is less than 101˚F. Most people get better within 5–7 days. Some infections can be very mild, but others can be life threatening. Contact your healthcare provider if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 days or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down and you pass very little urine.