Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Turns Deadly

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that one person has died from the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. The death occurred in California and is the first death linked to the E. coli outbreak.

The CDC reports a total of 121 cases have been reported and linked to the outbreak and nearly half of those reporting illness have been hospitalized. 25 states have been affected by the outbreak including Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

Health officials are still trying to pinpoint the single grower responsible for the outbreak. Two dozen farms are being investigated at this time.

The CDC feels all affected lettuce has passed its shelf life and no new cases linked to the outbreak are expected.


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