On Tuesday, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Canadian health authorities issued a warning to consumers not to eat romaine lettuce. This type of lettuce has been suspected of containing E. coli bacteria and is linked to an outbreak of illness.
People began to fall ill in early October. At least 32 people have been sickened in the US, with 13 taken to hospital, while another 18 people have been stricken in Canada. US officials said consumers, restaurants and retailers should throw away all types and brands of romaine lettuce.
The latest outbreak follows the deaths of at least five people over the summer linked to romaine lettuce.
However, the latest statement from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says this outbreak is not directly related to the cases earlier in 2018, with a slightly different DNA fingerprint for this strain of the bacterium.
In Canada, the 18 cases were reported in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The infections in the US have occurred in eleven states. The illness can cause diarrhea, vomiting and even kidney failure in severe cases. An investigation into the outbreak is ongoing.