E. coli outbreak warning extended to all types of romaine lettuce products

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E. coli virus. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A previous consumer alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding chopped romaine lettuce products has been extended to include all romaine lettuce products.

According to the alert issued yesterday, April 20th,

Based on new information, CDC is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.

The expanded warning is based on information from newly reported illnesses in Alaska. Ill people in Alaska reported eating lettuce from whole heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

53 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 16 states. 1 case was reported in Washington State. 31 people have been hospitalized, including five people who have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. No deaths have been reported.

This latest CDC alert was issued after people at an Alaskan correctional facility became ill. Investigations revealed they had eaten whole heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

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CDC officials say the outbreak investigation is ongoing.

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