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Don't Eat Any Romaine Lettuce, CDC Warns, As E. Coli Outbreak Grows

Don't Eat Any Romaine Lettuce, CDC Warns, As E. Coli Outbreak Grows

Earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning asking the public to avoid eating chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

CDC warns consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona region following 31 hospitalizations for E. Coli across 16 states.

No deaths have been reported.

The CDC said the exact source of the tainted lettuce hasn't been identified, but that "information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region could be contaminated. and could make people sick". Even if someone has already eaten some and not gotten sick, the lettuce should still be thrown away to be on the safe side, as USA Today notes. So far, four people have become ill in Maricopa County and one in Pinal County. According to the Alaska Department of Health, the state's eight E. coli cases were among inmates at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome. Other cases have been spotted in states like New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Ohio, Alaska, California, Arizona, Connecticut, Louisiana, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Washington, and Montana. Symptoms may be mild to severe, including diarrhea which may be bloody.

But officials advise that consumers, restaurants and retailers should throw out any chopped romaine lettuce that came from the Yuma area.

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The agency has not identified a common grower, supplier, distributor or brand. The central IL resident reported consuming chopped romaine lettuce before illness onset.

While many retailers and restaurants have pulled product or discontinued using romaine, there may be products with cut romaine in them that have not been pulled from sale or service.

Officials explained the current outbreak is not related to a recent multistate outbreak of E.coli infections that were linked to leafy greens.

Coil outbreak linked to chopped romaine has affected at least 53-people in the last month.

The CDC said that investigation of the outbreak is ongoing.


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