E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce spreads to Florida

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce
Posted at 2:51 PM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 06:31:22-04

The CDC has released an investigation update on the multi-state outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce which now includes Florida on the list of reported illnesses. 

Since May 2, 2018, 28 more ill people have been reported, bringing the total to 149 ill people from 29 states. 

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Sixty-four people out of 129 (with available information) have been hospitalized, including 17 who developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. One death was reported from California which was previously reported in the May 2 update. 

Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas are the latest states to report ill people from the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. 

The CDC is advising all consumers not to eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region. They are also warning that contaminated lettuce could still be in homes, stores or restaurants, due to romaine lettuce's shelf life of several weeks. 

If you have symptoms of an E. coli infection, the CDC is requesting you to talk to your doctor and report your illness to your local health department. 

If you have further questions about this outbreak, please call the CDC media line at (404) 639-3286. If you have questions about cases in Florida, please contact the state Health Department.