Romaine lettuce safe to eat — CDC

If you see fresh romaine lettuce like this now it must not be from Yuma

If you see fresh romaine lettuce like this now it must not be from Yuma

California, which has the only reported death linked to this outbreak, has reported the highest number of cases with 39.

The outbreak caused by E. coli in lettuce is approaching the scale of the 2006 outbreak caused by E. coli in baby spinach, which infected over 200 people and killed five. Seventy-five people have been hospitalized. The latest reported illness started on May 2, 2018.

People get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli an average of 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ.

The Ohio Department of Health tells 21 News that the three new cases were reported in Summit County where three people ranging in age from 7 to 15 became ill on April 27. Other E. coli can leave the intestines and cause infections in other sites of the body such as urinary tract infections, blood stream infections and respiratory illnesses. Call them at 1-888-377-8900 or 612-338-0202 for help.

The CDC said more three states such as Iowa, Nebraska and OR have been hit by the outbreak. "So expect the outbreak to keep growing, and expect more lawsuits". Restaurants were also advised not to serve romaine lettuce. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you're uncertain about where it was grown.

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The agency says the romaine was grown in Yuma, Arizona and was last harvested April 16. The harvest season has been finalized in the region.

The CDC reports three more states and 23 more sick people have been confirmed in the past week in its ongoing investigation into an E. coli outbreak associated with romaine lettuce.

Harvesting of romaine from Yuma, Ariz. - source of the outbreak - is over and it's likely no longer being sold, the CDC says.

It might be safe to eat romaine lettuce again. They still advise consumers to ask where the romaine they are buying or ordering came from.

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