First death reported in E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

Maricruz Casares
May 2, 2018

Kentucky, Massachusetts and Utah were added to the states with reported cases.

A second child with E.coli was not hospitalized.

One person in California has died of complications from an E. coli infection traced to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, the CDC announced today.

The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

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The warning includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

Health officials warn that washing your lettuce does not offer enough protection.

The Food and Drug Administration has identified one farm as a source of part of the outbreak. "If you have symptoms, including bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and vomiting, we urge you to contact your healthcare provider". However, it has not determined where in the supply chain the contamination occurred, and it has not confirmed the specific source of the other illnesses in the outbreak, which is why officials are advising consumers to avoid all romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region. Most people recover from the illness in about a week, according to the CDC, but it can sometimes last longer and be more severe.

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