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Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Leaves 5 Dead, Almost 200 Sickened

Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Leaves 5 Dead, Almost 200 Sickened
In this photo illustration, Romaine lettuce is displayed on May 2, 2018 in San Anselmo, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Friday, 01 June 2018 02:32 PM

A romaine lettuce outbreak has caused four more deaths from food poisoning, bringing the total to five deaths and nearly 200 sickened, health officials said Friday. 

Health officials have tied the E. coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, The Associated Press reported. The growing season there ended six weeks ago, and it's unlikely any tainted lettuce is still in stores or people's homes, given its short shelf life. But there can be a lag in reporting, and reports of illnesses have continued to come in.

In an update Friday on the nation's largest E. coli outbreak in a decade, health officials said 25 more cases have been added, raising the total number of illnesses to 197 in 35 states. At least 89 people were hospitalized.

Previously one death had been reported, in California. On Friday, health officials said they had learned of four more — one in Arkansas, one in New York, and two in Minnesota.

The first illnesses occurred in March, and the most recent began on May 12, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many of the new cases were people who became ill two to three weeks ago, when contaminated lettuce was still being sold. Some said they did not eat romaine lettuce but were in close contact with someone who got sick after eating it.

Most E. coli bacteria are not harmful, but some produce toxins that can cause severe illness. People who get sick from toxin-producing E. coli come down with symptoms about three to four days after swallowing the germ, with many suffering bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.

This story has been corrected to show that the state with two deaths was Minnesota, not California.

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