Metro health officials confirm E. coli case linked to lettuce

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

That was the message Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and if not exactly a thundering signal of "all clear", it's pretty close.

Health officials said Wednesday that it is "unlikely" that any romaine lettuce grown in Yuma is still available as more E. coli cases are being reported nationwide.

An E.coli outbreak that has sickened almost 150 people in 29 states so far is likely to worsen, according to an update Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agency says the romaine was grown in Yuma, Arizona and was last harvested April 16.

The health department is advising people that if they don't know where their romaine lettuce originated, they shouldn't eat it.

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This nasty outbreak has infected 172 people across 32 states, according to the CDC. The outbreak has killed one person and sickened almost 150 others. Of the 157 people who were ill that the CDC has information on, 75 have been hospitalized and 20 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), the form of kidney failure that can be fatal.

In scale, this outbreak is approaching that of the 2006 baby spinach E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 200 people and killed five.

The reported strain of E. coli, which produces poisonous substances known as Shiga toxins, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

The Food and Drug Administration has been trying to discover exactly where and when the romaine involved in this latest outbreak was contaminated.