1st death reported from E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

1st death reported from E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

1st death reported from E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

There have been 121 cases in all - 52 hospitalizations and now the outbreak has touched 25 states.

The California Department of Public Health confirmed to Ars that a resident had died from an illness linked to contaminated romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma region.

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Kentucky, Massachusetts and Utah are the latest states to report illnesses bringing the total number of states impacted to 25. No other state has reported more than eight cases.

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"We are working to identify multiple distribution channels that can explain the entirety of the nation-wide outbreak, and are tracing back from multiple groupings of ill people located in diverse geographic areas", he added, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I mean, candidly, that's ridiculous". But investigators have not specified when and where that lettuce became contaminated with the unsafe bacteria, and the farm has not been linked to other cases. "Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, do not eat or buy romaine lettuce if you do not know where it was grown". Combined, they make up almost half of the reported cases.

Hladky said since the outbreak has occurred she's had a few customers ask about it, but not too many. Numerous people sickened across the country consumed chopped lettuce that had been sold in bagged form to restaurants. There are delays in reporting and confirming cases linked to this specific strain of E. coli, and the CDC noted that cases involving people who became sick on or after April 11 may not be reported. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still advising restaurants and retailers to not serve any romaine lettuce from the Yuma region including chopped, baby and organic romaine lettuce as well as hearts of romaine and whole heads.

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