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E. Coli Outbreak Linked to California Romaine Lettuce Infects 138 People - Laboratory tests have...

The recalled romaine lettuce is from an area in California and includes all use-by dates, all varieties and all brands of the produce. - Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer, U.S. News


THE E. COLI OUTBREAK linked to romaine lettuce isn't over, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed more than 100 cases of illnesses caused by the bacteria.

The CDC reports that 138 people have been infected with E. coli in 25 states since Sept. 20. Seventy-two people have been hospitalized and 13 have developed a form of kidney failure. The latest date of a report of an illness was Dec. 1.

Laboratory tests have traced the outbreak to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region. Tests have identified a likely common grower in the region, and the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have sent a team to conduct new investigations at several ranches used by the grower, the FDA reported.

The agencies advise retailers not to sell romaine lettuce from the region and warn that consumers should not partake of it. The warning includes all use-by dates, all varieties and all brands of the produce. Romaine lettuce grown in other areas is safe to eat, the agencies said.

People infected with E. coli typically show signs of symptoms two to eight days after consuming the bacteria. Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting and usually persist for five to seven days.

Some patients can develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

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