Because majority of the illnesses came from prepackaged vegetables that have been passed on from suppliers to distributors to processing facilities where they were chopped and bagged, finding out where they were grown is far more cumbersome.
“It's a labor-intensive task. It requires collecting and evaluating thousands of records; and trying to accurately reproduce how the contaminated lettuce moved through the food supply chain to grocery stores, restaurants and other locations where it was sold or served to the consumers who became ill,” Gottlieb and Ostroff said in their joint statement.
This is the worst outbreak since 2006, when 205 people became ill and five died from E. coli from baby spinach.
E. coli are a type of bacteria found in undercooked beef, raw milk, soft cheeses made from raw milk, raw fruits and vegetables, and contaminated water. Most E. coli bacteria are not harmful, but one type known as E. coli O157: H7 produces a toxin called Shiga, which destroys red blood cells, causes kidney failure and bloody diarrhea. Other kinds of E. coli cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia.
Health officials said children under the age of 5, seniors older than 65 and those with weak immune systems are most vulnerable. So far, the outbreak has sickened people ages 12 to 84.
Thousands of pounds of prepackaged salad mixes may have been tainted with E. coli, officials say
200 million eggs recalled after nearly two dozen were sickened with salmonella, officials say
Woman was sickened by E. coli after eating contaminated romaine lettuce at Panera Bread, suit says.
“All my classes are free,” he says. “To better serve all of the community, [having] dedicated courts, specific to players’ needs, is a must. Some communities have dedicated courts, but none for the [special needs].”
For his blind players he tapes down tactile lines, doing so for the fourth straight year in Rotonda West. Last year he received an invitation as a U.S. representative to attend the first International Blind Tennis Tournament, held in Spain.
This year is his 48th volunteering in tennis, starting in 1970 in Massachusetts, and continuing in Florida when he relocated in 2000.
“Dreams, like these people dream, don’t materialize on their own,” he says of his blind and wheelchair students and why he volunteers in tennis. “Tennis is the sport for a lifetime — let’s make it that way for all.”
USTA Florida thanks Art Richards as the May 2018 Florida Tennis Volunteer of the Month for his work introducing tennis to and working with special-needs and all tennis players in the Rotonda West and surrounding communities.
Birthplace: Boston, Mass.
Family Members: wife deceased, five children, 18+ grandchildren, 16+ great grandchildren
Favorite Movie: A Christmas Story
Favorite Food: shrimp with pasta
Favorite Travel: Maui, Hawaii
Favorite Shot: “Backhand crosscourt drop shot from baseline side line, ad court”
My earliest tennis memory was…”Watching [tennis] in amazement at age 12 after church on Sunday mornings. People dressed in whites, hitting white balls, on public courts.”
If I could play tennis with three people, they would be…”My deceased wife, my blind student and my granddaughter.”
When I am not playing tennis I am…”Working part-time two days and serving on community committees.”
My best tennis memory is…”Presenting clinics in deaf schools in Massachusetts with a deaf teaching pro.”
I like to volunteer in tennis because…”It’s the best family sport that lasts for a lifetime.”