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.
Waterborn Swimming Club celebrates their fourth year at Curro Aurora Private School with pride as they revel in the success of their young swimmers.
Through its four-year training programme, which has now come to a successful culmination, the various swimming squads at the school are said to have grown from strength to strength.
The school is the only one in the region with an indoor heated 10-lane 25m swimming pool which children of all ages can use and be a part of a dedicated year-round swimming programme.
One of the club’s goals was to establish Curro as the go-to school in the area with its great facilities and in-house coaching which is open to swimmers from other schools too.
By the end of the competitive season, the school had two of its swimmers who qualified for South Africa Open Water Champs in Jeffrey’s Bay, 12 swimmers who qualified for the South African National Junior Swimming Champs in Durban and five swimmers who qualified for the South African National Aquatic Championships (seniors) in Port Elizabeth.
Waterborn Littlies Swim School has been operating in the teaching pool at the school’s aquatic centre for three years. The Littlies is a natural feeder for the competitive swimming squads.
The classes are progressive learn-to-swim to advanced stroke correction and from there, swimmers progress to the Waterborn squads.
JC Engelbrecht, Curro’s executive headmaster, is said to have made a tremendous impact on the aquatic centre since he started in 2017.
His pro-active attitude towards swimming has had a positive impact on the swimming at the school.
Neo Phashe | Randburg Sun