Romaine lettuce linked to E. coli outbreak, CDC says

Reports warns Americans to stay away from romaine lettuce

ROANOKE, Va. – Consumer Reports is warning Americans to stay away from romaine lettuce.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leafy greens are linked to an E. coli outbreak that's been linked to at least two deaths.

Several people have also gotten sick in about a dozen states, including Virginia.

Dr. Dennis Weiserbs, a local gastroenterologist said symptoms usually start one to three days after eating a contaminated food. 

"Symptoms include bloody diarrhea and fever or severe abdominal pain. Those are symptoms in which you would want to see your doctor and get evaluated," Weiserbs said.

Health officials said a similar strain of E. coli caused an outbreak in Canada.