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[September 30, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- Dr. Damon T. Arnold,
director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, is warning
Illinoisans about iceberg lettuce distributed by Aunt Mid's Produce
Co. The Illinois Department of Public Health has identified Aunt
Mid's Produce as the distributor of iceberg lettuce consumed during
late August to mid-September by six Illinois residents who have been
diagnosed with E. coli 0157.
The Michigan Department of Community Health has also identified Aunt
Mid's Produce as one of the wholesale processors that sold
institutional-sized iceberg lettuce to establishments that served 26
people who were diagnosed with the same strain of E. coli.
on preliminary information, the Illinois Department of Public Health
is advising restaurants and facilities that purchase large
quantities of lettuce not to buy iceberg lettuce distributed by Aunt
Mid's. These facilities should also not use Aunt Mid's iceberg
lettuce they have until additional information is available.
The Illinois Department of Public Health is working with the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory to test
individuals suspected of being linked to this outbreak and to trace
where the lettuce came from. Aunt Mid's Produce has voluntarily
suspended any processing and sale of its iceberg lettuce product
line throughout the United States.
At this time, is does not appear Aunt Mid's iceberg lettuce has
been sold in grocery stores.
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E. coli can cause diarrhea, often bloody diarrhea. Although most
healthy adults recover completely within a week, some people can
develop a form of kidney failure, which can lead to serious kidney
damage and even death.
People who have symptoms and believe they may have eaten this
lettuce should contact their doctor. Health care providers who
suspect this strain of E. coli should order cultures and report
suspected cases to their local health department.
Illinois Department of Public Health
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Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]