Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

CDC: E. Coli Outbreak Reaches 29 States

CDC: E. Coli Outbreak Reaches 29 States

The Centers for Disease Control is advising people to not eat or buy lettuce from the Yuma growing region, which is where the contamination happened.

Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas have joined the list of states reporting at least one E. coli illness linked to the outbreak.

However, the agency confirmed that no other types of lettuce or any other growing region for romaine are involved in the outbreak. The most recent illness began on 25 April.

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CDC believes that the outbreak may continue because of the time between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported to CDC.

There have been 149 cases to date, including 17 with haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) - a severe complication of E. coli infection - and one death.

This is the biggest Shiga-toxin producing E. coli outbreak since a 2006 outbreak linked to spinach grown in the Salinas Valley in California, Wise said.

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For now, the CDC still recommends avoiding romaine lettuce products unless you can be sure that they were not grown near Yuma, Arizona, and encourages grocers and restaurant owners to verify where their products are grown before allowing them for sale to the public. Of the 129 patients the CDC has information on, half have been hospitalized. With supportive treatment, most people recover in a matter of five to seven days.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has received confirmation from the Arizona Department of Agriculture that romaine lettuce is no longer being produced or shipped from the Yuma area.

"This advice includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce", the CDC said.

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