All contaminated lettuce was traced back to Yuma, Arizona, and the public is advised to not buy or consume romaine lettuce unless it can be confirmed that it was not grown in here. "If you or someone from your family recently ate romaine lettuce and are experiencing symptoms, please seek medical treatment immediately".
"No common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified at this time", the CDC said. With the additional seven illnesses, that national number is now at 60: Pennsylvania, 12; Idaho, 10; Alaska, 8; New Jersey, 7; Montana, 6; Arizona, 3; New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, 2 each; California, Virginia, Washington, Illinois, Missouri, Louisiana, one each.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging residents to throw out all romaine lettuce amid an E.coli outbreak.
"Based on new information from Alaska, CDC is expanding its warning to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region", the CDC said in its update. Five people have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. To date, 53 other cases have been reported in 16 states with 31 hospitalizations and no deaths.
The symptoms of eating E. coli infected vegetables include stomach cramps, (bloody) diarrhea and vomiting.
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The CDC and state health officials have spoken to the people who got infected.
The CDC did caution illnesses occurring after March 29 aren't reflected in the latest statistics due to how long it takes someone to become ill with E. coli and when the illness is then reported. This warning includes whole hearts and heads of romaine lettuce, in addition to romaine and sausage and salads mixes comprising romaine.
The CDC says restaurants and retailers also should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
Romaine lettuce is sometimes packed in the field and shipped directly to restaurants or grocery stores. Although most recover in one week, it could lead to kidney failure.
Earlier this year, romaine was the source of a major E. coli scare in Canada.