Local E. coli case connected to national outbreak - but local produce available Sunday at Commons farmers market

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Public Health just reported that a King County resident has been diagnosed with an E. coli infection genetically linked to the national outbreak connected to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region.

Public Health believes that this person became ill from eating leafy greens purchased in King County. He was hospitalized but is now recovering.

Public Health is also investigating additional E. coli cases among King County residents that may eventually be linked to the national outbreak, but complete information on these cases is pending.

“We encourage people to follow the CDC guidance and avoid buying or eating romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing area to protect yourself and your family,” said Dr. Meagan Kay, DVM, Medical Epidemiologist for Public Health – Seattle & King County. 
“If you have romaine lettuce at home and you don’t know where it was grown, don’t take chances. Don’t eat it and throw it away.”

Fortunately, this Sunday, November 24, 2019 is the November indoor farmers market (and craft fair) at Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park. Organic growers from central and western Washington will have fruit and produce for sale from 10am to 3pm. See article.


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