The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning consumers not to eat romaine lettuce.
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The CDC will be providing new updates as it learns more about this particular outbreak, but until then, just avoid the leafy vegetable and you should be okay.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency didn't have enough information to request suppliers issue a recall, but he said supermarkets and restaurants should withdraw romaine products until the contamination can be identified.
The agency said even if you have already eaten some of the lettuce in your home and have not gotten sick, you should still throw it away.
No deaths have been reported, but 13 of the people who became sick in the United States were hospitalized.
The cases in the current outbreak started emerging on October 8. Antibiotics are also not recommended for patients in whom E.coli O157 infection is suspected, until diagnostic testing rules out this infection.
The alert covers all forms of romaine lettuce, including whole heads, hearts, bags and boxes of precut romaine, and salad mixes containing romaine.
Additionally, you should make sure to wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored. Toss it. In fact, the alert includes advice on how to clean your refrigerator if romaine has been inside it recently.
The CDC is advising that USA consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any.
There are two people ill in MA, the CDC says.
Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.
Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting.