Food digest - U.S. E. coli outbreak alert

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November 21, 2018


Outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until they learn more about the outbreak. This investigation is ongoing and the advice on CDC's website will be updated as more information is available.

To date, there are no known cases tied to this outbreak in Minnesota.

According to the CDC E. coli website, the incubation period for E. coli is usually 3-4 days after the exposure, but may be as short as 1 day or as long as 10 days. The symptoms often begin slowly with mild belly pain or non-bloody diarrhea that worsens over several days.

Anyone with a concern about their health should contact their health care provider.

For more information, visit the CDC and FDA websites related to this outbreak.

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