National E. coli Outbreak Reaches Minnesota after 10 Cases Associated with Romaine Lettuce

May 08, 2018 10:38 PM

The Minnesota Department of Health says 10 cases of E. coli associated with romaine lettuce from the Yuma region have been reported in the state. 

According to MDH, the illness onset dates range from April 20 to May 2. 


Cases have been reported both in the metro area and rural counties, according to MDH.

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MDH said three of the cases have resulted in hospitalization. Two of the cases have resulted in a potentially fatal complication, which includes kidney failure.

"In Minnesota about 90 percent of the cases right now are female, and that's something that we sometimes see when the outbreak or vehicle for the outbreak is something that might be more commonly consumed by women," according to Amy Saupe, an Epidemiologist with the Department of Health. 

Symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea and a low-grade fever, according to MDH and can take anywhere from 1-10 days to appear. 

The warning about romaine lettuce initially involved bagged or chopped romaine, but now has expanded to include all types of romaine from the Yuma, Arizona region. 

Information about the national outbreak can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website. 


Ben Rodgers and Beth McDonough

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