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E. Coli update: Romaine Lettuce no longer harvested in Yuma

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.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the last shipments of romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region were harvested on April 16, 2018 and the harvest season is over. It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from this region is still available in stores or restaurants, due to its 21-day shelf life.

Since the outbreak started in March there were 172 illnesses in 32 states. 75 people were hospitalized; 20 of those had developed kidney failure. There has been 1 death, in California.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified people in several Canadian provinces infected with the same DNA fingerprint of E. coli O157:H7.

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.



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Sacramento.cbslocal.com reported that as of this week officials have confirmed 172 people across 32 states in the outbreak. One person in California died. Public health officials in Canada have confirmed people in multiple provinces, who reported eating romaine, with infections from the strain of E. coli O157:H7.

Publication date: 5/17/2018


 


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