Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

More Romaine Outbreak Cases, But End May Be Near

More Romaine Outbreak Cases, But End May Be Near

- Although more states are reporting cases of people sickened by tainted romaine lettuce, the CDC implied that romaine is probably safe to eat again. The FDA says the romaine lettuce being sold and served today is not the romaine linked to illnesses.

The CDC said that the last slot of romaine lettuce from the Yuma region distributed in other states was harvested in April and now, the harvesting season has come to an end.

"It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is still available in people's homes, stores, or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life", the CDC said Wednesday.

It's unlikely that anyone now has edible romaine lettuce that's contaminated with the toxic strain of E. coli bacteria sickening people nationwide since March. Researchers say that they have dozens of farms under supervision that might spread the bacteria through romaine lettuce and are under the provision.

DHS officials noted "it appears the romaine is no longer at stores or restaurants". That's an addition of 23 more ill persons since the last update 7 days ago.

The last shipments of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region were harvested April 16.

Ill people range in age from 1 to 88 years, with a median age of 29.

At least 75 people have been hospitalized, including 20 with kidney failure. Those states include Colorado, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. A man shops for vegetables beside Romaine lettuce stocked and for sale at a supermarket in Los Angeles, California on May 2, 2018, where the first death from an E Coli contaminated Romaine lettuce outbreak was reported.

"I'm the Mueller of the E. coli outbreak", Marler says.

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