The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported one death in California linked to a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. The infected lettuce likely came from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, according to the CDC.
The agency’s most recent numbers, released May 2, include 121 total illnesses and 52 hospitalizations. Illnesses have occurred in 25 states. Of the hospitalized individuals, 14 of them have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) previously announced that Harrison Farms of Yuma, Arizona, grew the whole-head romaine that made several people sick at an Alaskan correctional facility, but the contamination could have occurred at any point in the supply chain.
The CDC is advising customers to not eat romaine lettuce unless they can confirm it did not come from the Yuma, Arizona, region. The agency is also telling retailers and restaurants not to sell any romaine lettuce from that region. Infected romaine could include chopped romaine, whole heads and hearts of romaine, organic romaine, baby romaine, and salads and salad mixes that include romaine.
The agency has released the following information:
“The most recent illness started on April 21, 2018. Illnesses that occurred in the last two to three weeks might not yet be reported because of the time between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported to CDC.”
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