Coli update: You can now safely eat romaine again

Coli update: You can now safely eat romaine again

Those states include Colorado, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. "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", the CDC said.

Since last reported a week ago, 23 people have fallen ill to E. coli, bringing the total to 172 ill people from 32 states.

"It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is still available in stores or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life", the Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday. Of 157 people with information available, 75 (48%) have been hospitalized, including 20 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

Romaine lettuce has a shelf life of about 21 days. The death in California remains the only one in this outbreak. A previous warning was limited to chopped forms of romaine, including salads and salad mixes.

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While most strains of the bacteria E. coli are harmless, others can cause serious illness.

Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region.

This is the biggest Shiga-toxin producing E. coli outbreak since a 2006 outbreak linked to spinach grown in the Salinas Valley in California, Wise said recently.

"Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection and report your illness to your local health department", the agency said.

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