Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

More cases in E. coli outbreak

More cases in E. coli outbreak

Since CDC's initial media statement on December 28, seven more illnesses have been added to this investigation.

"The likely source of the outbreak in the United States appears to be leafy greens, but officials have not specifically identified a type of leafy greens eaten by people who became ill", the CDC said Wednesday. Until the source is known, the outbreak can not be safely said to be over he explained. The genetic picture of the bacteria that affected people in United States and Canada appeared to be the same said the CDC. WGS data alone are not sufficient to prove a link; health officials rely on other sources of data, such as interviews from ill people, to support the WGS link. And Consumer Reports recommended that people avoid that leafy green until more information is available.

Public health officials identified new cases in Pennsylvania, California, Maryland, New Jersey and Indiana. Individuals became sick in November and early December 2017. One person has died in California. Nine of those people have been hospitalized, two of whom are suffering from a form of kidney failure, notes CNN, and there has been one death.

On Monday, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asking for more information about this outbreak.

In Canada, health officials now say the outbreak appears to be over.

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The cases in the United States are the same strain as the cases in Canada, and some of them have the same genetic fingerprint.

The CDC, for its part, says that it hasn't yet identified the type of leafy green involved and that it's investigation is continuing.

General Manager Dale Huss looks over a field of romaine lettuce with drip lines installed in it at Sea Mist Farms in Castroville Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Not all of the people infected have said that they have had romaine he said.

That brings the total number of cases involving E. coli to 66 in the recent outbreak in the US and Canada.

However, neither Canadian authorities nor the CDC have even been able to figure out exactly how people were getting sick; some people ate prepared salads at restaurants, while others likely got sick eating lettuce at home. Many of them were sickened weeks ago, and it can be hard to recall every food you consumed after so much time has passed, said Ian Williams, chief of the CDC's Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch.

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