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Nationwide E.Coli Outbreak Prompts Lane County Health Officials To Warn Against Romaine Lettuce

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention today (Tuesday) issued a nationwide advisory warning against consumption of any type of romaine lettuce. It may be contaminated with a dangerous strain of E.coli.  Lane County health officials urge all residents to refrain from the ruffage until more is known.

At least 32 people in 11 states have been infected with E.coli after eating romaine lettuce. This particular strain of Shinga toxin-producing bacteria can cause kidney failure. The serious health risk has prompted a broad alert sent out to public health departments everywhere. Matthew Luedtke is an Environmental Health Specialist for Lane County.

“The CDC is issuing an advisory for all romaine,” Luedtke says. “Whether you’ve already bought it, even if you’ve already eaten some and you haven’t noticed symptoms already. They’re recommending that everyone throw out their romaine or do not use it until it’s been found where this is coming from and which products were effected.”

Credit Tiffany Eckert
Matthew Luedtke is an Environmental Health Specialist for Lane County. It's his job to inform the public of the romaine lettuce contamination alert from the CDC.

Luedtke says the warning against romaine is nationwide because the CDC doesn’t know where or when the E.coli contamination occurred- so it could pop up anywhere. So far, no cases have been reported cases in Oregon.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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