STEC infections linked to leafy greens more likely to occur in spring or fall

Outbreaks of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli that are linked to leafy greens are more likely to occur in the spring or fall, even though leafy greens are grown year-round in the United States, study findings showed.The illnesses are often severe and widespread, researchers reported in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Among leafy greens, romaine lettuce causes more than half of the outbreaks.“Infections with Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli (STEC) bacteria cause an estimated 265,000 illnesses and cost $280 million in the United States each year,” Katherine E.Read More

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