Washington state part of E. coli outbreak linked to packaged salads

An E. coli outbreak in Washington state has been linked to packaged salads, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

Truth Organic Power Greens that were purchased at QFC and Fred Meyer stores with best-by dates through Dec. 20 should be thrown out to prevent possible illness.

Infections have been traced to Oregon, California, Ohio, Mississippi, and Alaska, with local cases in King, Snohomish, Whatcom, Pierce, Mason, and Skagit counties.

A person from each county became ill in late November and early December, where two were hospitalized and one person developed kidney failure.

No deaths were reported.

People usually become sick from E. coli between two and eight days after exposure.

Infected people with E. coli often develop bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps, and most people recover within a week.

Some illnesses last longer and may require hospitalization.

Even if you have eaten the product and did not get sick, the DOH suggests throwing the rest away.

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