One case of E. coli confirmed in Douglas County

One case of E. coli confirmed in Douglas County

A case of E. coli has been confirmed in Douglas County. Health officials say the person ate romaine lettuce.

"We see E. coli throughout the year, there are various different strains," Anne O'Keefe said. She works for the Douglas County Health Department.

O'Keefe says in this case, there was no possible way the person could have prevented it.

"There's really nothing you can do, if you get a bag of lettuce that's already been washed you don't need to wash it again."

O'Keefe tells FOX 42 that the romaine lettuce was traced back to Arizona. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 172 cases in 32 states have been linked back to romaine lettuce from Yuma, one of those was deadly. Seventy-five people were hospitalized. The numbers include the person from Douglas County.

"Where this person actually got it, we will never know, when you eat out, you eat lettuce and salads in a lot of different places," O'Keefe said.

Health officials recommend taking necessary steps to keep you from getting sick.

"When you're eating fresh produce items, make sure they're not contaminated by something else.

It's also important to wash your hands before you touch something that's not going to be cooked.

"I think that everyone should be vigilant for food born illness and make sure they're doing what they can to prevent contaminating their food and making sure it's thoroughly cooked."

Douglas County officials say if you already have a bag of romaine lettuce in your fridge and you're not exactly sure what region or area it came from, it's best to throw it out.

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