Leafy Greens E. Coli Outbreak News – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), along with state and local agencies, have investigated a nationwide outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 infections occurring in Fall 2020. Their investigation found that the illnesses were linked to leafy greens.
Leafy Greens E. Coli Outbreak Information
On December 22, 2020, the CDC announced that their investigation into the E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak appears to be over. Accordingly to epidemiology and traceback investigation, the FDA and CDC were able to determine that the E. coli outbreak was linked to leafy greens. These tests were not able to determine a specific type of leafy green that caused the illnesses.
The FDA and CDC had announced this E. coli outbreak originally on October 28, 2020. Through tests and research, this E. coli outbreak was found to be genetically related to the strain linked to a romaine lettuce outbreak in Fall 2019.
Per the FDA’s posting:
“The FDA completed a traceback investigation of multiple types of leafy greens identified in patient interviews. Although no single ranch was identified as a common source of the leafy greens, FDA and state partners also conducted on-site investigations on farms of interest.
“Teams were deployed to dozens of ranches in the region to conduct large scale environmental sampling. Additionally, no Shiga toxin-producing E. coli were found on leafy greens. “
A total of 40 illnesses and 20 hospitalizations across 19 states were reported. The last illness onset date was October 31, 2020.
FDA officials are continuing investigational activities, including sample analysis, to determine the source. A detailed report of the results are expected to be released in early 2021, once investigational activities conclude.
Diagnosis of E. Coli Infection
Always put your health first. If you suspect that you have contracted E. coli or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your doctor. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm E. coli infection.
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