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

April 30, 2018: As of today, Montana has 8 confirmed cases of E.coli 0157:H7 linked to the multi-state outbreak associated with romaine lettuce. CDC has expanded their consumer advisory to include ALL types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. The advisory now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads/salad mixes containing romaine. 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 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 romaine in them that have not been pulled from sale or service. Check ingredient labels to see if products contain 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 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. This includes whole heads, heads, chopped and salad mixes with romaine. Rinsing salad will not remove the bacteria.

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 all types of 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. A stool test is needed to determine if you have E. coli 0157:H7.

For More Information…

On what’s going on in our state:

DPHHS: Multi-state Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7

On the nationwide outbreak:

https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-04-18/index.html

 

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