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E. coli cases rise, but it's 'unlikely' contaminated lettuce still available

E. coli cases rise, but it's 'unlikely' contaminated lettuce still available E. coli cases rise, but it's 'unlikely' contaminated lettuce still available
Samantha Long | 17 May, 2018, 02:32

On April 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began investigating an outbreak of E. coli which, according to the CDC website, was traced back to "whole heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region".

In April, the CDC warned Americans to toss out any romaine lettuce they might have bought in stores.

The FDA and the CDC used new genome sequencing technology to link infections to the same potent strain of E.coli that was previously reported.

Federal health officials have not been able to narrow the source of the E. coli contamination beyond stating that it is from romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. The latest reported illness started on May 2, 2018, officials said.

Customers are suing chains for allegedly serving romaine lettuce that had been contaminated with E. coli, resulting in serious illnesses. Of the 157 people who were ill that the CDC has information on, 75 have been hospitalized and 20 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), the form of kidney failure that can be fatal. This means that any romaine lettuce from the region that found its way to stores or restaurants is likely now past its 21-day shelf life.

The growing season there ended last month, and according to the US Food and Drug Administration, the last shipments of lettuce from there were harvested April 16.

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Lawsuits against chains including Red Lobster, Panera, and Papa Murphy's have been filed in response to a food-poisoning outbreak that has sickened at least 121 people in 25 U.S. states.

One person died in California.

Twenty people have been sickened in Pennsylvania and two people were reported sick in CT.

CDC authorities advised consumers to avoid romaine lettuce unless it can be verified that it was not grown in the Yuma area.

Now three more states have reported ill people: Iowa, Nebraska, and OR, the CDC said.

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