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Seattle area officials say outbreak linked to romaine appears to be over

6 days ago   |   By Food Safety News

The outbreak is thought to be over, but public health officials in the Seattle area continue to investigate the source of E. coli O157:H7 that infected at least 15 people and is linked to romaine lettuce.
Seattle - King County Public Health has been investigating the outbreak and seven associated Evergreens restaurants in King County, WA. The most recent illness in this outbreak started on Nov. 17, 2019, according to the public health department. Of the patients, 13 are from King County and two from Snohomish County.
The Washington outbreak has been classified as separate from two...
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Largest of three romaine-related outbreaks sickened 167 people in 27 states

6 days ago   |   By Food Safety News

Federal officials connected some of the dots in their investigation of an E. coli outbreak yesterday when they declared the outbreak over. It was one of three concurrent outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce in late 2019.
A total of 167 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 were confirmed from 27 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from Sept. 20 to Dec. 21, 2019. Ill people ranged in age from less than 1 to 89 years, with a median age of 27. Sixty-four percent of ill people were female. Of 165 ill people with information available, more than half were so sick...
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Romaine outbreaks are over

6 days ago   |   By Food Safety News

Another round of romaine-connected E. coli outbreaks is over, according to the Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Before the end came, infections of E. coli O157: H7 in 227 people saw every other person admitted to the hospital. Unlike other romaine-linked E. coli outbreaks since late 2017, there were no deaths during this round.
The largest outbreak this time involved E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce grown in California's Salinas Valley. It ended up sickening 167 people with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157: H7 in 27...
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