cbsnews.com – Federal health officials warn you not to eat any romaine lettuce unless you know where it’s from, as the . The CDC advisory now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, along with chopped and bagged romaine and salad mixes that include romaine.
While the government believes that the lettuce is from the Yuma, Arizona region, it doesn’t know specifically who grew, supplied or distributed the contaminated vegetables.
The CDC says that it can take an average of three to four days after coming into contact with E. coli for people to start feeling symptoms.
“It was a scary process,” said Mia Zlupko, a high school dancer who enjoys eating healthy foods like salads. But after eating a romaine salad from a local store in Pennsylvania, she started throwing up and having abdominal issues.
She thought she had a stomach bug. “It’s kind of hard to sit there in a hospital and not know what’s wrong with you; you feel so drained,” she told CBS News’ Anna Werner.
After four days in the hospital, Zlupko says doctors told her she might be suffering from an autoimmune disease. But just as she was heading home, “all the doctors came in and it was kind of like a big surprise, like, ‘It’s E. coli.'”
“We were all shocked,” said her mom, Tina.
At least 64 people in 16 states have been infected with the same strain of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce. About half — 31 of them — have been hospitalized.
The CDC says most people develop symptoms like diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting, and recover within a week. But five people sickened in this outbreak have suffered from a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
First Chipotle was out here trying to poison the people and now lettuce in general is taking people out with E.Coli?! SMH