Warning issued over E-coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

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Romaine lettuce is off the menu of U.S. households and restaurants, health authorities ordered on Friday after a spreading E.coli outbreak infected 53 people in 16 states. One of the OH women was temporarily hospitalized after becoming ill. No one has died but 31 have been hospitalized and five have developed a severe complication of E. coli infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome. No deaths have yet been reported.

An H-E-B spokesperson said on Friday afternoon that they "do not source romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, so we're clear".

They warn all consumers to throw all romaine away under the infection is controlled.

Consumers in IL who have store-bought romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.

"According to fresh info, CDC is expanding its own warning to users to cover all kinds of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., climbing region". However, the investigation now not only encompasses chopped romaine lettuce, but all romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region.

So far, no specific grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce tied to the outbreak has been identified.

Four cases have been found in Maricopa County and another from Pinal County related to the multi-state outbreak.

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The CDC did caution illnesses occurring after March 29 aren't reflected in the latest statistics due to how long it takes someone to become ill with E. coli and when the illness is then reported. Most develop diarrhea that can be bloody, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

To keep yourself and your family safe, the CDC recommends avoiding any romaine lettuce products that could be contaminated.

The CDC is actively investigating the development of this outbreak.

McDonald's in Nogales is among restaurants that have stopped serving salad in light of a recent E.coli outbreak.

Most people recover within 1 week. Almost all - 41 of 43 - said they had eaten romaine lettuce in the week before they were interviews.

State and local health officials are continuing to interview sick people to ask about the foods they ate and other exposures before they became ill.

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