Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Problem Getting Worse

CDC now reports nearly 100 cases in 22 states
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 27, 2018 4:00 PM CDT
This undated photo shows romaine lettuce in Houston.   (Steve Campbell/Houston Chronicle via AP)

(Newser) – The food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has spread to three more states. Health officials on Friday said they now have reports of 98 cases in 22 states, with the addition of Mississippi, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The outbreak is blamed on E. coli bacteria in romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, per the AP. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the bacteria strain behind the outbreak tends to cause more serious illnesses. Forty-six people have been hospitalized, including 10 with kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. Health officials say people shouldn't eat romaine lettuce unless they know it's not from Yuma. Every winter, the Yuma region provides most of the romaine sold in the US. The full CDC report is here.

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