E. Coli Outbreak Continues To Grow While Source Still Remains Unknown

Leslie Hanson
April 26, 2018

Romaine lettuce has been linked to the growing number of people hospitalized due to a multistate E. coli outbreak.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that three more states - Colorado, Georgia and South Dakota - have been hit by the outbreak, bringing the total number of affected states to 19. Of the 78 patients the CDC has good information on, 42 (54 percent) have required hospitalization, the agency noted. Thats significantly higher than the infections typical 30% hospitalization rate. "Health officials are working to determine why this strain is causing a higher percentage of hospitalizations".

After the CDC announced on Friday that people should avoid eating any romaine lettuce from the area around Yuma, Arizona, the Washington Post sent a news alert through its mobile app, sparking a secondary outbreak of lettuce-related jokes on Twitter. Forty-two people have been hospitalized, including nine battling kidney failure.

Investigators have not yet identified a grower, supplier, distributor or brand responsible for the outbreak, the CDC said, although it has been traced to the Yuma, Arizona, region.

The CDC has been urging people to throw out any kind of romaine lettuce or romaine lettuce-containing salad mix if they aren't sure it's not from Yuma.

Alaska 5, Arizona 5, California 13, Colorado 2, CT 2, Georgia 1, Idaho 10, IL 1, Louisiana 1, MI 2, Missouri 1, Montana 7, New Jersey 7, NY 2, OH 3, Pennsylvania 18, South Dakota 1, Virginia 1, Washington 2.

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