Romaine lettuce finally in the clear — CDC


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. The CDC website for the outbreak recommended that consumers not "eat or buy romaine lettuce unless [they] can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region".

The Centers for Disease Control said illness reports are still coming in.

Newly reported cases are people who became sick two to three weeks ago, still within the window when contaminated romaine was available for sale. So, it should no longer be in stores and restaurants because of its three-week shelf life.

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Three more states - Iowa, Nebraska, and OR - have also reported cases, the CDC said.

This nasty outbreak has infected 172 people across 32 states, according to the CDC. One death has been reported. The CDC also noted that 75 people have been hospitalized.

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The CDC said that consumers should speak with their doctor if they have symptoms of an E. coli infection, which include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

The CDC and Food and Drug Administration have struggled for more than a month to pinpoint a source for the contamination, which became evident in early April. 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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