MN Department of Health confirms E.Coli cases in state linked to romaine lettuce

MN Department of Health confirms E.Coli cases in state linked to romaine lettuce Click to Enlarge

(KDLM) - The MN Department of Health says 10 cases of E. Coli linked to romaine lettuce has been reported in the state.

The cases have been reported mostly in the Twin Cities, but have also occurred in other counties throughout the state. Three of the cases have resulted in hopitalization.

Since a lot of romaine lettuce isn’t labeled to identify the growing region, the CDC is saying it’s best to avoid any romaine you can’t confirm isn’t from Yuma.

Since April 10, when the outbreak was first announced, the number of affected individuals has grown. Nearly half have been hospitalized, 14 of which had kidney failure, a complication that can arise from contracting E. coli.

For most people who contract it, they can develop symptoms like diarrhea that can be bloody, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting. Similar to most types of food poisoning, people affected will generally recover within a week, but the very young, the very old, and those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to kidney failure.

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