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Metro health officials confirm E. coli case linked to lettuce

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Gustavo Carr | 17 May, 2018, 03:43

The CDC added that the last date of harvest for the romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region was April 16th.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its warning about an E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce to cover all forms of romaine, including whole heads and hearts of romaine grown in the Yuma, Arizona, growing area. It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma area still is available in people's homes, stores or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life.

Romaine lettuce of all varieties from the Yuma, Arizona, region has been blamed as the source of this outbreak. The leafy greens industry has shifted to California over the past two months.

The person became ill about three weeks ago and has recovered, said Phil Rooney, a spokesman for the Douglas County Health Department.

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"Romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is past its shelf life and is probably no longer being sold in stores or served in restaurants", the CDC said in a news release. Last week, the outbreak was reported in just 29 states. So, if you were exposed to the contaminated lettuce, you likely would have gotten sick by now.

"CDC is updating its advice to consumers".

The CDC said 20 people had developed a severe outcome of E. coli infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome. The outbreak has killed one person and sickened almost 150 others. The strain of E. coli, known as O157:H7, produces a Shiga toxin that can affect people seriously, causing diarrhea and vomiting and in severe cases kidney failure.

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