In the latest official update, the CDC noted that new cases of E. coli-related food poisoning came from the period when contaminated lettuce might still be in circulation or in home refrigerators.
The CDC added that the last date of harvest for the romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region was April 16th.
The agency indicated that it is unlikely that any lettuce from that region is still available in stores or restaurants because of its 21-day shelf life.
It's finally safe to eat romaine lettuce again.
Ill people range in age from 1 to 88 years, with a median age of 29. Who doesn't? There is no need to freak out about the recent E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona.
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Avoid buying romaine lettuce unless you can confirm the source is other than the Yuma growing region.
At least 75 people have been hospitalized, including 20 with kidney failure. As of May 15, the CDC was reporting three people were ill from the outbreak in Colorado. The outbreak has killed one person and sickened almost 150 others.
Romaine lettuce has a shelf life of about 21 days. A previous warning was limited to chopped forms of romaine, including salads and salad mixes. Most strains of E. coli are harmless and serve an important role in the digestive system.
Genetic testing shows that the E. coli strain involved in the outbreak produces a specific type of "Shiga toxin" that causes more severe illness, according to Matthew Wise, the CDC deputy branch chief for outbreak response.
"Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection and report your illness to your local health department", the agency said.
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