5 dead, nearly 200 sickened after Arizona-grown romaine lettuce outbreak

02 June, 2018, 01:56 | Author: Veronica Peterson
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The CDC said that some of the affected people had not eaten lettuce, but had contact with others who had fallen ill. The growing season there ended six weeks ago, and it's unlikely any tainted lettuce is still in stores or people's homes, given its short shelf life.

As of June 1, 89 people have been hospitalized by the outbreak, but a recall has not been announced for romaine lettuce. On Friday, health officials said they have learned of four more - two in Minnesota and one each in Arkansas and NY. Deaths have been confirmed in Arkansas, California, Minnesota and NY with two of those deaths happening in Minnesota.

The CDC has not pinpointed the exact source of the outbreak, but the lettuce appears to have been contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7, a particularly risky strain of the bacteria. There have been 197 people sickened in 35 states, the CDC report said. While almost 90 percent of those who fell ill reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before they were sickened, some told the CDC that they did not personally eat the lettuce but were in close contact with somebody who did.

Symptoms include diarrhea, which can be bloody, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

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Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.

It is the largest U.S. outbreak of E. coli since 200 people fell ill in 2006.

The CDC reported Friday there were now 12 people infected in Minnesota and three in neighboring Wisconsin.

The E. coli outbreak began in April and has spread across the US. The AP is exclusively responsible for all content.

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