Public Health Announcement

The Auglaize County Health Department would like to make the following information known to our county residents.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are currently investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. Coli O157:H7. The current information collected indicates romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli and could make you sick.

 

As of April 25, 2018, 84 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 19 states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the CDC Website Forty-two ill people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

 

Advice to Consumers:

Although there has not been a recall on romaine lettuce, CDC would advise consumers to not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This includes whole heads, hearts, chopped, and salad mixes that may contain romaine lettuce. If you are unsure if the lettuce in a salad mix is romaine, do not eat it.

 

People usually get sick from E. coli an average of 3–4 days after swallowing the germ and develop diarrhea that can be bloody, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting.

 

If you have eaten romaine lettuce and are symptomatic:

Talk to your healthcare provider - E. coli infection is usually diagnosed by testing a stool sample.
Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.
Report your illness to the health department, (419) 738-3410.

 

Advice to Restaurants and Retailers

Do not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce.

 

For more information and latest updates please visit the CDC Website.

Date: 
Thursday, April 26, 2018