Public health authorities have linked at least eight cases of E. coli to a romaine lettuce farm. They are cautioning consumers to avoid all bagged and chopped romaine lettuce as well as hearts and whole heads. Montana and other states have reported several personal injury victims that were stricken with virulent bacterial infection from consuming the tainted product.
Recently, 14 more people got sick, bringing the total to 98 across 22 states. Ages range from 1 to 88, including a 13-year-old girl who is now receiving dialysis and a 6-year-old boy who has received three blood transfusions. A woman became ill and was hospitalized for several days after eating a salad at a restaurant. Her case has been linked to the outbreak.
Authorities have confirmed that Harrison Farms in Yuma, Arizona provided whole heads of romaine lettuce that sickened inmates at an Alaska prison. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it could not link the business to other reported cases. The source of the other 90 cases are still under investigation, but doctors with the Food and Drug Administration have narrowed it down to a few dozen farms.
The CDC and FDA say that there may be many more cases that have not been confirmed through DNA tests. In Montana and elsewhere, those who believe they have been infected with E. coli from eating tainted romaine lettuce may benefit from contacting a personal injury attorney. A lawyer who has first-hand knowledge of cases such as this will work hard to secure compensation for his or her client.
Source: USA Today, "Romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli traced to single Arizona farm", Robert Anglen, April 27, 2018