Sonoma alert: Toss all Romaine lettuce

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Early symptoms of E. coli

Nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps or abdominal pain, diarrhea that often is bloody, fever of about 100 F to 101 F, malaise, loss of appetite, mild dehydration.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Food & Drug Administration and Health Canada are cautioning consumers to avoid eating Romaine lettuce in any form.

Those organizations are recommending that people not purchase, eat or store Romaine lettuce due to an E. coli outbreak, which has sickened people in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.

If you have Romaine lettuce in your refrigerator, the CDC recommends that you “place it in a bag, seal the bag and throw it in the garbage. Then sanitize the areas where the green was stored with warm soapy water.”

This includes open Romaine lettuce, pre-washed and packaged Romaine lettuce, and any other form in which it is sold, including in restaurants.

Investigators say there appears to be no link between this E. coli outbreak and the deadly one of last spring. At this time, researchers do not know where the infected Romaine lettuce was grown, and since it has affected consumers throughout the U.S. and Canada, the caution is in effect in both countries.

Early symptoms of E. coli

Nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps or abdominal pain, diarrhea that often is bloody, fever of about 100 F to 101 F, malaise, loss of appetite, mild dehydration.

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