As of May 30 the investigation figures show 197 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 35 states. It takes two to three weeks from when a person becomes sick with E. coli for the case to be reported to the CDC. A Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study published in Public Health Reports in April of this year estimated that depending on the severity of the outbreak, a single foodborne illness incident can cost a fast food restaurant between $4,000 (no loss of revenue, fines or legal fees) to $1.9 million (fines, revenue lost, legal fees).
"Eighty-nine people out of 187 with available information (48 percent) have been hospitalized, including 26 who developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome", the CDC said.
Sickness can begin three to four days after swallowing E. coli, with symptoms of diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. "However, the FDA is committed to investigating the source of the outbreak and working with industry to help prevent similar events in the future". These steps can include suppliers, distributors and processors where the lettuce was chopped and bagged, and then back to the farm or farms that could have grown the lettuce that ended up in those bags.
So far, they said, "there isn't a simple or obvious explanation for how this outbreak occurred within the supply chain". Although the deaths and cases continue to add up, the CDC assure that it is now safe to eat romaine lettuce again. Most people recover within a few weeks, but some suffer permanent damage or die.
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Venezuela releases 39 political prisoners
The Supreme Court of Justice said a total of 39 prisoners were being released Friday, though not all were opponents of Maduro. After his arrest, his wife, Patricia Ceballos, became mayor of San Cristobal and has since led efforts for his release.