FDA Investigated Multistate Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce from Yuma Growing Region

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, investigated a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region.

For this reason, the FDA release a Memorandum the outbreak associated with Romaine lettuce and here is the summary:

The EA was conducted to identify factors that potentially contributed to the introduction and spread of the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 that contaminated the romaine lettuce associated with this outbreak.

During this EA, three samples of irrigation canal water collected by the team were found to contain E. coli O157:H7 with the same rare molecular fingerprint (using whole genome sequencing)as the strain that produced human illnesses (the outbreak strain).

These samples were collected from an approximately3.5-mile stretch of an irrigation canal in the Wellton area of Yuma County that delivers water to several of the farms identified in the traceback investigation as shipping romaine lettuce that was potentially contaminated with the outbreak strain. The outbreak strain was not identified in any of the other samples collected during this EA, although other pathogens of public health significance were detected.

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