NEW JERSEY – One Ocean County resident and six others in the state have been hospitalized following their diagnosis of infected with E.coli.
E.coli is a known potentially dangerous bacteria. The cause of the infection is believed to be from eating contaminated romaine lettuce which the New Jersey Department of Health reports was the cause of all seven patients being hospitalized.
Each of the patients have now been released but on the national level, the Controlled Dangerous Commission has reported 102 cases of people hospitalized due to E infection infections. No fatalities have been reported.
E.coli has been linked to romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California which promoted recalling 75,000 pounds of lettuce this week. The CDC warns retailers not sell the lettuce to avoid consumers consuming contaminated lettuce. Some fast food restaurants have temporarily stopped serving romaine lettuce in salads and hamburgers on their menus