E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Lettuce Turns Fatal

Outbreak linked to romaine is getting worse
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 2, 2018 4:08 PM CDT
This undated photo shows romaine lettuce in Houston.   (Steve Campbell/Houston Chronicle via AP)

(Newser) – The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. Federal health officials say California reported the death, but they did not provide other details. The government now has reports of 121 people who got sick in 25 states. At least 52 people have been hospitalized, including 14 with kidney failure, which is an unusually high number of hospitalizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the numbers Wednesday. Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Utah were added to the states with reported cases, the AP reports. Health officials have tied the E. coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, which provides most of the romaine sold in the US during the winter. (Read more E. coli stories.)

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