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CHECK YOUR FRIDGE: E. coli linked to romaine lettuce

STATEWIDE - If you have chopped romaine lettuce in your fridge, you should throw it out.

The Illinois Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration say there's a multi-state cluster of E. coli infections linked to the vegetable.

The organizations believe the affected lettuce was grown in the Yuma, Arizona area, but no grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified at this time. 

There has been one case identified so far in Central Illinois. 

The warning includes store-bought chopped lettuce, including salad and salad mixes. If you have it in your home, throw it out immediately, even if you've eaten some of it and not gotten sick. If you have lettuce and you're not sure whether it's romaine, throw it out. 

You can get sick from E. coli two to eight days after swallowing the germ. Effects include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting. Most people recover within a week, but it can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure. If you think you have symptoms of E. coli, call your doctor. 


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