Lettuce Lover? CDC Updates Advice To Consumers

Chopped romaine lettuce is at the heart of a multi-state E. coli outbreak the CDC said

Chopped romaine lettuce is at the heart of a multi-state E. coli outbreak the CDC said

An E.coli outbreak that has sickened almost 150 people in 29 states so far is likely to worsen, according to an update Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On April 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began investigating an outbreak of E. coli which, according to the CDC website, was traced back to "whole heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region".

Now three more states have reported ill people: Iowa, Nebraska, and OR, the CDC said. Every winter, the Yuma region provides most of the romaine sold in the U.S.

The CDC said 20 people had developed a severe outcome of E. coli infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome. The latest reported illness started on May 2, 2018, officials said. People who got sick range from 1 to 88 years, with a median age of 29. One death was in California. The CDC determined that the outbreak was tied to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, and has advised consumes to avoid buying romaine lettuce from that region for weeks.

Most people recover from those symptoms within a week, but if the illness lasts longer than usual and seems to feel more severe, symptoms of the E. coli infection must be reported to a doctor or health professional, the agency said.

The information was released at the county Board of Health meeting Wednesday.

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