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Confirmed Cases of E. coli O157:H7 in Montana Linked with Multi-State Outbreak

April 18, 2018: As of today, Montana has three confirmed cases of E.coli 0157:H7 linked to the multi-state outbreak associated with chopped romaine lettuce. Gallatin City-County Health Department, along with the state Department of Public Health and Human Services recommend that people follow the CDC guidance and not consume store bought chopped romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona area. The exact source of the outbreak has not yet been determined and the health department urges an abundance of caution.

While many retailers and restaurants have pulled product or discontinued using romaine, there may be products with chopped romaine in them that have not been pulled from sale or service. Check ingredient labels to see if products contain chopped romaine and ask food service establishments if the romaine used in their facility is from the Yuma area. Note that no official recall has been issued as the source is unclear.

If you have chopped romaine in your refrigerator at home, even if you have consumed some of it and do not have symptoms like diarrhea, discard it and do not continue to consume it.

Note that products may not disclose the growing region on the package and may instead list a distributor or home office location. Even if the package provides another state or location, it may still come from the Yuma area and we encourage consumers to avoid cut romaine unless the growing area can be confirmed as outside of the Yuma area, or more information becomes available.

E.coli 0157:H7 is a dangerous food borne pathogen that causes severe abdominal cramping, possible fever, diarrhea, and vomiting 1-10 days after exposure. Children and those with compromised immune systems can experience severe illness, complications and kidney failure. If you begin to experience these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider. For more information go to https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/general/index.html

 

 

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