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Sat Apr 14, 2018, 01:49 PM

E. coli outbreak in 11 states linked to store-bought chopped romaine lettuce, CDC says [View all]

Source: The Washington Post

By Kristine Phillips April 14 at 12:54 PM

An E. coli outbreak that has sickened nearly three dozen people in at least 11 states is linked to chopped romaine lettuce from Arizona, health officials said. The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region, near the border to Southern California, may have caused the recent outbreak of Escherichia coli. The agency said it has not identified specific farms or companies that grew, supplied and distributed the contaminated vegetables.

None of the 35 people who have become sick since the outbreak began last month have died. But 22, including three people suffering from kidney failure, have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health officials said these people became ill between March 22 and March 31; the majority of them reported that they ate romaine lettuce within a week before they became sick. Many said they ate salads with romaine lettuce at restaurants, and these businesses told health officials that they used store-bought chopped romaine lettuce.

The highest number of illness was reported in Idaho and Pennsylvania, with eight and nine cases, respectively. Seven were reported ill in New Jersey. The others were in Washington state, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Virginia and Connecticut.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/04/14/e-coli-outbreak-in-11-states-linked-to-store-bought-chopped-romaine-lettuce-cdc-says/

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