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 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.