A death linked to romaine Canada

News 17 December, 2017
  • Alex Staroseltsev – stock.adobe.com

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    A person has lost his life after contracting E. coli from eating lettuce romaine said the public health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

    In an update to a notice published last week, warning against a wave of outbreak of infections caused by the bacterium E. coli, the AGENCY has indicated that the disease has progressed, up to two new provinces and a death.

    Patients have now been identified in Ontario (6) Quebec (5), New Brunswick (5), Nova Scotia (1) and Newfoundland and Labrador (13), bringing the total number of infection cases to 30, including 12 that led to a hospitalization. The AGENCY, however, did not indicate in which province the death occurred.

    “The people who have fallen sick are between the ages of 4 to 80 years of age. In most cases (70 %) are girls and women,” said the health Agency in its notice.

    No product recall has not been set since the origin of salads to be contaminated has not been determined for the time being.

    To avoid contracting the bacteria, the PHAC recommends to throw away the leaves enveloping the lettuce and wash well in running water and those that will be consumed. The Agency also advises to wash hands with warm water and soap before and after handling the salad.

    The bacterium E. coli can cause many symptoms, including vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, and severe headache. The deaths, however, are very rare, although possible, said the AGENCY.