Coli Lawsuit Filed As Huge Outbreak That Sickened 210 Ends

CDC E. coli Outbreak Over Tainted Irrigation Water Appears to be Source

CDC E. coli Outbreak Over Tainted Irrigation Water Appears to be Source

On June 28, 2018 the FDA stated that an environmental assessment in the Yuma, Arizona growing region, where officials think the contaminated lettuce is from, found the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 in Canada water.

They previously connected the illnesses with romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, which supplies most of the romaine sold in the USA during the winter, the Associated Press reported. The outbreak has been declared officially over, and after an assessment of soil, water, and manure in the Yuma area, the Food and Drug Administration has now announced that they found an irrigation canal in Yuma that is infected with the bacteria.

About 200 people, including dozens in New Jersey, were sickened in the E. coli outbreak, which started in the spring.

The diseases in 36 states were earlier found to romaine lettuce made in Yuma, Arizona, which gives a large portion of the romaine sold in the US amid the winter.

The controversial case received national attention, the AP reported.

In 2006, almost 200 people were sickened by tainted spinach in 26 states; a single California produce company was at the center of that outbreak. Fox 8 reports that they also said they won't reveal the location of the canal that has been identified until they have finished composing a report on the matter. The agency received confirmation of the final harvest of romaine from the Yuma region on May 2, and the vegetable has a 21-day shelf life. Ninety-six people required hospitalization and 5 people died-Arkansas, California, Minnesota (2), and NY. Officials suspect cattle contaminated a nearby stream, and wild pigs roaming the area spread it to fields.

The FDA, the CDC, and Arizona state officials continue to analyze samples from the Yuma region collected in early June and initial results are starting to become available.

Foodborne illness reportedly affects nearly 50 million people every year, equal to roughly one in six Americans. Fred Pritzker and his team of lawyers won $7.5 million for a client who suffered kidney failure after an E. coli infection in 2016.

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