Deadly E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Leafy Greens Likely Over, C.D.C. Says


Canadian health officials linked an E. coli outbreak there to romaine lettuce, while American officials said “leafy greens” were likely to blame for illnesses from the United States.

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A pair of fatal E. coli outbreaks linked to leafy greens from the United States along with Canada appear to be over, health experts said on Wednesday.

American officials said of which the outbreak from the United States was most likely caused by “leafy greens,” along with their counterparts in Canada specifically identified romaine lettuce as the source of the infections there.

The last reported illness from the United States was on Dec. 12, suggesting of which the risk of buying food contaminated from the current outbreak had passed, the Centers for Disease Control along with Prevention said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Leafy greens typically have a short shelf life, along with since the last illness started off a month ago, the idea is usually likely of which contaminated leafy greens linked to This kind of outbreak are no longer available for sale,” the agency said.

Tests revealed of which the bacterial strains to blame for at least 66 reported illnesses across both countries were closely genetically related, though of which similarity alone was not enough to credit a common cause, officials from the United States said.

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