Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Hits Tennessee as Twitter Laughs

First, the serious stuff. 

Since last Wednesday, the CDC has reported 149 cases in 29 states of people getting sick gotten sick from eating romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli. At least 64 people have been hospitalized, including 17 with kidney failure. Health officials suspect the region, in which the romaine is being grown, is Yuma, Arizona. That's where most of America buys romaine lettuce from during the winter months. If you're store cannot confirm whether or not your lettuce was grown in Yuma, best to avoid it. 

States that have reported cases of E. coli linked to contaminated romaine lettuce are Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. 

The FDA has more information on how to avoid becoming infected during this outbreak.

And now, a little levity. Twitter is having a field day with usual. 


"Roulettuce" for the win. To eat or NOT to eat. 

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