Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Worsens, One Person Reported Dead

May 02, 2018May 02, 2018

Since early April, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been warning consumers of E. coli contaminated romaine lettuce. Sadly, the CDC announced on Wednesday that one person has died in California, reported CNN. 

The contaminated romaine lettuce is from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. People are advised to avoid eating romaine.

This is the first death from this outbreak. The agency also reported 23 additional cases of illness bringing. That means there have been 121 cases since the outbreak began in March. Of those cases, fifty-two individuals have been hospitalized.

"Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Utah are the latest states to report illnesses bringing the total number of states impacted to 25," added CNN.

The outbreak is attributed to chopped romaine lettuce. Health officials, however, do not know the grower, farm, manufacturer, supplier or brand that is causing the illnesses.

The outbreak has been linked with chopped romaine lettuce. Officials now believe that the lettuce was grown in Yuma, Arizona. However, even after a full week of investigation, it is still unclear the grower, supplier, distributor, or brand.

Officials are advising everyone to throw out their romaine lettuce, including any found in mixes. Additionally, they are advising that before purchasing more romaine lettuce, consumers ask their grocery stores if it comes from Yuma, Arizona.

The outbreak started in late March. Symptoms typically include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you have romaine lettuce in your fridge, be cautious and throw it out! 

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