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Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Coli Outbreak Is now Fatal

Coli Outbreak Is now Fatal

The romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak turned deadly this week, with the first reported death, according to Wednesday's update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There is no further information reported by the CDC on the death in Califonia as the California Department of Public Health said it can not provide any more details due to patient privacy laws. Infections have been reported in 25 states with, as of May 1, a total of 121 people impacted.

The overall given on Wednesday is up 23 cases from the C.D.C.'s very last upgrade on April 27, and Kentucky, Massachusetts and Utah reported their first scenarios.

Health officials traced the source to the tainted lettuce to in Yuma, Arizona.

The agency and public health officials have urged retailers to remove romaine lettuce sourced from Yuma and restaurants to stop serving the lettuce. Symptoms often include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

The agency most recently reported 23 additional cases of illness bringing the total number of cases to 121 in the US since the outbreak began in March.

Fifty-two people out of 102 with available information (51%) have been hospitalized, including 14 who developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). However, the investigators think most of the cases are from romaine not grown at that particular farm. The outbreak began on March 13, and the most recently confirmed case took place on April 21.

The CDC is still saying that consumers should not buy or eat romaine lettuce unless you can absolutely confirm that it did not come from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. "Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection and report your illness to your local health department". However, FDA has not associated that farm with the rest of the multistate outbreak affecting 24 other states. This includes romaine in any form, including in a salad mix. The agency is investigating dozens of other fields as potential sources of the chopped romaine lettuce.

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