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Workers Travelling To US Should Be Aware Of E.Coli Outbreak Caused By Romaine Lettuce

The November World Health Report from Healix International, the international medical and security experts, reveals that it’s not just more remote regions that present health risks.

The latest report highlights an on-going outbreak of an E. coli bacterial infection in the USA. Affecting 43 individuals from 12 states, 16 have needed to be hospitalised. As in previous outbreaks, the culprit has been found to be infected romaine lettuce - on this occasion from farms in California. So concerned is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that they have recently issued an advisory urging consumers and restaurateurs to throw out any romaine lettuce from certain growing regions of California, and all Romaine lettuce if it is unclear where it comes from.

Three outbreaks of E. Coli have occurred in the USA in the last 2 years, resulting in the deaths of 6 people. Last year’s outbreak, in Yuma, Arizona, was later identified to have been caused by a contaminated irrigation canal used to water the lettuces. The canal was found to run by a large animal feeding facility that provided effluent contaminated by E. Coli. Lettuce is particularly prone to bacterial infection that can be difficult to decontaminate effectively.

The full Healix International World Health Report, November can be downloaded here.

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