Spinach-E. Coli Crisis Worsens

You can try, but there is no escaping the state of spinach in this country. Everyday new news emerges about the E. coli outbreak, and unfortunately none of it is very good. And now, according to Steven Reinberg of HealthDay News, a total of sixty-six people have been hospitalized with symptoms:
U.S. and state health officials continued to scour California's Salinas Valley spinach fields Tuesday for the source of a massive outbreak of E. coli contamination, as the number of victims rose to 131 in 21 states.

Dr. David Acheson, chief medical officer of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, told a news conference Tuesday night, "The anticipation is that cases will continue to come in. We expect new cases to come in for the next few days."

Sixty-six people have been hospitalized, 20 of them with hemolytic uremic syndrome, which causes kidney failure, according to Acheson.

Acheson pointed out that the number of hospitalizations is unusually high for an E. coli outbreak. "It is possible that this is a particularly virulent strain of E. coli," he said. "It is also possible that not all cases have been reported, which could also affect the numbers."
Investigators from the FDA, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California health officials are now inspecting and collecting samples from farms in California, Acheson said.
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Karen Bierdeman - September 25, 2006 1:05 AM

Dr. Fuhrman, I want to start your program but am very leary of eating greens right now! The spinach e-coli outbreak has made me uncertain about which greens are safe to eat. Do you have thoughts on this? Your whole diet is predicated on greends, and my local news said that ALL leafy produce is suspect.

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