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CDC, FDA investigating E. coli outbreak in NH, 12 other states

December 28. 2017 5:40PM

CONCORD — The federal Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and several states are investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections.

There have been two illnesses reported in New Hampshire from this outbreak and cases in 12 other states including Vermont (1) and Connecticut (2).

The infections started in the period between Nov. 15 and Dec. 8, officials said.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating its own outbreak in several provinces with 40 cases and one resulting death there.

The CDC’s preliminary testing shows this type of E. coli making people sick in both countries is closely related.

Canadian officials have identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak in that country.

On Wednesday, the Canadian supermarket chain Sobeys pulled romaine lettuce from the shelves of all 1,500 stores in that country.

This E. coli infection produces a Shiga toxin which is one of most common forms.

Health officials said people of any age can get sick. Children younger than 5 and older adults are more likely to develop serious illnesses from it.

Symptoms vary from bad stomach cramps and diarrhea to vomiting. Most people get better within five to seven days.

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