172 sick in 32 states

Grant Boone
May 17, 2018

Health officials say almost two dozen more cases of a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona have been reported.

All the cases had been linked to lettuce that came from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

Any romaine lettuce being sold now is nearly certainly not from the Yuma, Arizona region and so unlikely to carry the E. coli bacteria that's been making people sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. So, if you were exposed to the contaminated lettuce, you likely would have gotten sick by now. "According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the last shipments of romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region were harvested on April 16, 2018 and the harvest season is over", the CDC said.

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"One of the concerns with romaine is it has a relatively long shelf life", Rooney said.

The CDC has stopped advising consumers to throw away romaine lettuce if they can't confirm where it's from.

Twenty-three more people fell ill since the last update on May 9, bringing the total to 172 people from 32 states, the CDC said on Wednesday. The outbreak has killed one person and sickened almost 150 others. Of 157 people with information available, 75 have been hospitalized, including 20 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure. One farm in Yuma has been identified as the source of the lettuce that sickened eight prisoners in Alaska, but FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb revealed Wednesday evening a bit of how complicated the case.

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