The CDC (Center For Disease Control) is investigating a multi-state outbreak of E.Coli that has been reported in 13 different states including one in Michigan. So far there have been 17 cases of the E.Coli spread reported and seems that illnesses started on November 15 through December 8, 2017, while the CDC has pinpointed Romaine Lettuce as the reason behind the sickness in Canada.

So far the states affected by this are California (3), Connecticut (2), New Hampshire (2),
New York (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), Virginia (1), Vermont (1) and Washington (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Michigan (1) and Nebraska (1).

The CDC has released the following statement:

Whole genome sequencing is being performed on samples of bacteria making people sick in the United States to give us information about whether these illnesses are related to the illnesses in Canada.

Preliminary results show that the type of E. coli making people sick in both countries is closely related genetically, meaning the ill people are more likely to share a common source of infection.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak in Canada. In the United States, state and local public health officials are interviewing sick people to determine what they ate in the week before their illness started.

CDC is still collecting information to determine whether there is a food item in common among sick people, including leafy greens and romaine.

Because we have not identified a source of the infections, CDC is unable to recommend whether U.S. residents should avoid a particular food. This investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released as it becomes available.


It seems that until they receive a definitive answer it is still up in the air as to what is causing the sickness in the States. However, I'm gonna avoid romaine for now. More info will be provided when they conclude their research with test results.

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