Other states reporting E. coli linked to romaine lettuce include: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
The CDC also said that since the last case count update on April 27, 23 more ill people have been reported, bringing the total to 121 ill people.
No one should buy or eat any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, officials said. "Package labels often do not identify growing regions". Anyone with these symptoms should see a health provider immediately and report their infection to local departments of health and social services.
"One thing that also makes this hard is that in this case, people don't know that they're sick until two to three weeks after consuming products, and after two to three weeks you can't really remember what you ate", Sogin said.
Public health officials in the affected states were investigating the outbreak. Some also develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, with symptoms ranging from intense fatigue to decreased frequency of urination. Advise patients to err on the side of caution and avoid romaine lettuce for now.
Before you get too frazzled, identify whether the product you have is actually the item being recalled.
"[The Produce Safety rule] was added to federal regulations and created to prevent some of these outbreaks", Sogin said.
This is the biggest Shiga-toxin producing E.coli outbreak since a 2006 outbreak linked to spinach grown in the Salinas Valley in California, Wise said. Numerous people sickened across the country consumed chopped lettuce that had been sold in bagged form to restaurants. This includes romaine in any form, including in a salad mix.
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