More People Have Died From the Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak

According to the latest statement from the CDC, numerous people affected fell ill two to three weeks ago, when the contaminated lettuce was still on shop shelves.

Officials say the people who became ill ate the tainted romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region when it was likely still available in grocery stores and restaurants.

Unlike spinach, which is often cooked, romaine - and lettuce in general - is more common as a culprit in E.coli outbreaks because it's eaten raw. Deaths have been confirmed in Arkansas, California, Minnesota and NY with two of those deaths happening in Minnesota.

Romaine lettuce grows near Soledad, California, U.S., May 3, 2017. Canadian health officials also recently identified E. coli cases in several provinces that could potentially be linked to the outbreak in the United States.

The first illnesses occurred in March, and the most recent began on May 12, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People who get sick from toxin-producing E. coli come down with symptoms about three to four days after swallowing the germ, with many suffering bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

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Numerous new cases were people who became ill two to three weeks ago, when contaminated lettuce was still being sold.

While most people recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe, the CDC cautioned.

Of the infected people, 89 have been hospitalised and 26 have developed a kidney failure type known as hemolytic uremic syndrome.

The recent E. coli outbreak is the most severe to hit the USA since 2006, when three people died in an outbreak linked to uncooked spinach.

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