Pennsylvania warns of romaine lettuce linked to E. coli outbreak


The state Health Department is warning residents to throw out romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, after a recent E. coli outbreak affecting numerous states, including Pennsylvania.

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said the particular strain of E. coli can cause severe illness, including bloody diarrhea and hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

Levine said people who have had symptoms including bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and vomiting should call a doctor 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said all romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region should not be eaten. If you do not know whether the lettuce is romaine, throw it away.

As of April 24, Pennsylvania has 12 confirmed cases of the E. coli strain. Eight people have been hospitalized and one developed HUS.

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