Health Canada has updated its warning about E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce sold in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia.
Currently, there have been a total of 40 reported cases of E. coli in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia. Individuals became sick in November 2017 and 16 have been hospitalized. One person has died.
“Individuals in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador are advised to consider consuming other types of lettuce, instead of romaine lettuce, until more is known about the outbreak and the cause of contamination,” said the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in a release.
E. coli are bacteria that live naturally in the intestines of cattle, poultry and other animals. A common source of E. coli illness is raw fruits and vegetables that have come in contact with feces from infected animals.
The following symptoms can appear within one to ten days after contact with the bacteria:
To protect yourself from E. coli, PHAC recommends the following tips:
There are currently no recalls on any lettuce products and the outbreak investigation is ongoing.