Romaine lettuce linked to deadly E. coli outbreak

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Consumer Reports warns consumers that Romaine Lettuce should be avoided for now due to an outbreak of a very risky strain of E. coli bacteria.

Consumer Reports is telling people to avoid romaine lettuce for now, as health officials in the United States and Canada investigate E. coli outbreaks that have sickened 58 people and led to two deaths.

One person has died and five people have been hospitalized of the cases occurring in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont and Washington, according to the CDC.

The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have yet to determine the cause of the outbreak in the USA, but Canadian health officials have determined romaine lettuce as the source of the 41 outbreaks of E. coli throughout Canada's eastern provinces.

CDC officials are still investigating, but officials say the likely cause of the outbreak is romaine lettuce. Total E. coli outbreaks in the USA are at 17 since the end of November. It said 17 people were sick in those 13 states, dating back to November. This investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released as it becomes available.

People who have been infected with E. coli may not initially show any symptoms, the Public Health Agency of Canada explained. However, there are certain strains of E. coli that can cause illnesses such as the Shiga toxin-producing strain of E. coli, which is often heard of in relation to food-related outbreaks.