1 death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

1 death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

The outbreak, involving a type of E. coli that can lead to kidney failure, is thought to be linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz., according to the CDC.

The number of people hospitalized because of the tainted romaine is higher than usual. It was the first reported death in the outbreak, which began in March and has spread to 25 states.

Health officials have tied the E. Coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, which provides romaine around the country during the winter and limited areas during the spring, so the lettuce on your grocery shelves is not likely from Yuma, but the Centers for Disease Control recommends throwing away any *romaine* lettuce of unknown origin.

This strain of E. coli produces a toxin that causes vomiting and diarrhea and potentially other severe symptoms, including in some cases kidney failure.

"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", the health organization noted.

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One farm in Yuma, Arizona has been identified so far as supplying the whole-head lettuce linked to a cluster of E. coli cases among prisoners in Nome, Alaska.

"The agency is investigating dozens of other fields as potential sources of the chopped romaine lettuce and will share information as it becomes available", the FDA promises.

But the CDC continues to emphasize that consumers should confirm that any lettuce they buy or eat did not originate in the Yuma region. California has the most number of cases with 24, followed by Pennsylvania with 20 and Idaho with 11.

"I really didn't worry about it and didn't think about it much because putting it in perspective there are so many more things and more hazards in life than worrying about romaine lettuce", said Saint Lawrence County resident Frederick Ogborne.

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