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The first case of E. coli tainted lettuce reported in Georgia

The first case of E. coli tainted lettuce reported in Georgia

The CDC reports its first Georgia illness from E. coli-tainted romaine lettuce.

According to the Georgia Department of Health, a metro Atlanta teen was hospitalized after eating salad containing romaine at a couple of different restaurants in the area. The teen also ate bagged romaine purchased from a local grocery store.

Along with Colorado and South Dakota, Georgia is one of three new states to report the illness related to E. coli-tainted lettuce.

The CDC’s investigation has not linked the outbreak to a common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce, but only to growers in Yuma, Ariz.

A total of 84 people have been infected with E. coli in 19 states. Forty-two have been hospitalized, including nine who have developed a type of kidney failure.

CDC Recommendations:

• CDC recommends that consumers avoid all romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, including whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

• Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.

• Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, do not eat or buy it if you do not know where it was grown. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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