By Colin Hughes
If you just came home from the grocery store with a head of romaine lettuce, you’d better get rid of it. There’s an outbreak of E. coli causing almost 150 people to fall sick in 29 states where people eat romaine lettuce. A subsequent study between March 13th and April 25th of 2018 showed that romaine lettuce may be contaminated with E. coli.
If you don’t know what E. Coli is, basically it’s a form of bacteria that normally resides in the intestines of humans and other animals, causing no harm, but when it contaminates food, that’s when it turns deadly and can possibly kill you. It most often results from eating contaminated food or water. Symptoms include diarrhea (sometimes blood red), and even potential death, unless treated, of course.
The first victim to die from this outbreak was in California, after eating romaine lettuce grown in the Arizona region. Many have been hospitalized, some with kidney failures from the infection.
Although health officials are still investigating the outbreak, they haven’t pinpointed the source. Attempts to reach the Oregon City School District and Oregon Health Authority to gather information about the local affect were unsuccessful as of press time. The Oregon City School District nutrition services prepare food for the schools’ cafeterias. It is still factual, though, that E. coli is one of the most life-threatening bacteria known to man, and now it’s getting into our romaine lettuce.
Mrs. McCormack runs our school’s cooking class, and she said that she only used to buy romaine lettuce once a year, one year before it was recalled. She and her class used to cook with it. As for breakfast and lunch sold at ACA, romaine lettuce doesn’t seem to be used. Any risk to ACA students wouldn’t be through the school but rather through usage at home.
So yeah, if you’re going to eat any kind of lettuce, please stay away from romaine lettuce. If you’re one who eats romaine lettuce, you are in danger.
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What is E.Coli?
Just what is E.Coli? Have you seen the News reports about outbreaks of E.Coli and not stopped to wonder what it is?
E.Coli is a form of bacteria that normally lives in the intestines of humans and other animals, usually causing no harm, but when it contaminates food, that’s when it turns fatal. It most often results from eating contaminated food or water, or being in contact with infected animals. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes blood red), cramping of the stomach, high fever, and even potential death, unless treated, of course.
Unfortunately, there’s no medical treatment currently available for E.Coli. The best thing for most people to do is rest and stay hydrated as the infection runs its course. For people who get E. Coli, there is a increased risk of having kidney problems and heart issues including high blood pressure.