Two E. Coli cases in Spokane linked to romaine lettuce

Two E. Coli cases in Spokane linked to romaine lettuce
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The Washington Department of Health announced Friday afternoon that two children in Spokane County contracted E.coli linked to an outbreak caused by contaminated romaine lettuce.

The Department of Health urges people in Washington not to buy or eat romaine lettuce unless it can be confirmed that it is not from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

One adult and two children in King County were also sickened bring the total in Washington to five.

“This particular strain of E. coli can cause severe illness, including bloody diarrhea and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a type of kidney failure,” State Epidemiologist for Communicable Disease Dr. Scott Lindquist said. “If you have symptoms, including bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and vomiting, we urge you to contact your healthcare provider.”

The most recent information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention indicates that all romaine lettuce from the Yuma, AZ, growing region should not be eaten. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

If you have romaine lettuce at home and you do not know where it was grown, do not eat it and throw it away.