Coli Outbreak Linked to Contaminated Canal Water

Lynette PayneJul 02, 2018

"More work needs to be done to determine just how and why this strain of E. coli 0157:H7 could have gotten into this body of water and how that led to contamination of romaine lettuce from multiple farms", he said.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report. Single deaths were reported from Arkansas, California and NY, and two people died in Minnesota.

Experts aren't sure, but contaminated canal water is a strong culprit.

Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea (often bloody), severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

Officials said E. coli in the outbreak was traced to romaine lettuce grown around Yuma, Ariz.

Things have changed. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says all the tainted romaine should be gone from restaurants and grocery stores and is no longer a risk. The last large E. coli outbreak similar to this one was in 2006 and was caused by spinach grown in California.

Now, officials have identified this particular strain of E. coli, O157:H7, in the water of a canal and are working to understand how the bacteria entered the water and how it could have contaminated the lettuce, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is "largely contained", the World Health Organization says. A new cluster was reported the next day. More than 200 people got sick and about half of them had to be hospitalized. The greater part of the general population became ill in March and April, yet new sicknesses were accounted for as of late as early this month.

As of Tuesday, there were 53 confirmed or probable cases of Ebola and 29 people had died. "But it's troubling that other strains of this unsafe bacteria were found in environmental samples and that no specific farm was identified".

"This is a broader contamination event that impacted a lot of farms and ranches, and then went into the supply chain and amplified out", said Bill Marler, a lawyer in Seattle who represents more than 100 people who were sickened. Three weeks believed to be the maximum incubation period for the infection, The Times.

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