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First E.coli case in Georgia confirmed to be Metro Atlanta teen

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

A Metro Atlanta teen has been confirmed to be the first case of E.coli infection in the state.

The Georgia Dept. of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the case is linked to the multi-state outbreak stemming from romane lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

Eighty-four people from 19 states have been infected so far.

The CDC recommends:

  • Consumers avoid all romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, including whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.
  • Understand that product labels often do not identify growing regions; do not eat or buy romaine lettuce it if you do not know where it was grown.
  • Don’t take chances - if you are not sure what romaine lettuce is or what it looks like, do not eat it.
  • Washing lettuce will not necessarily eliminate E. coli – the bacteria can stick to leafy surfaces or hide in microscopic crevices.
  • Contact your health care provider if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down and you pass very little urine.

CBS46 reporter Kai Beech spoke to Ras Kofi, the owner of Truly Living Well Farm in metro Atlanta. He says the safest way to get your food is straight from the source.

"It's the gift that keeps on winning," said Kofi. "It makes sense cause at the farm we focus on the soil."

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