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More deaths, illnesses linked to E.coli outbreak from Arizona-grown lettuce

04 June 2018

Four deaths were reported from Arkansas (1), Minnesota (2), and NY (1) according to the CDC website.

According to the latest CDC update, there have been a total of 197 illnesses, 89 hospitalizations and five deaths in 35 states.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the last shipments of romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region were harvested on April 16, 2018, and the harvest season is over. If you suspect you may have E. coli infection, seek medical assistance as soon as possible. "That's really the concern at this point".

The outbreak is the largest in the United States since 2006, when spinach tainted with a similar strain of E. coli sickened more than 200 people. Eighty-nine people have been hospitalized. Although the deaths and cases continue to add up, the CDC assure that it is now safe to eat romaine lettuce again.

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What is still not known is exactly where the lettuce was tainted by the E. coli. The most recent case started on May 6, 2018.

Some patients said that not eating lettuce, but were in contact with those who suffered after consumption. Prices for whole heads of romaine lettuce were down 60%. "Trucks all across the country were dumping romaine", Drew McDonald, vice president of quality and food safety at Taylor Farms, told the WSJ.

Romaine lettuce from this area is no longer available in stores or restaurants, according to the FDA.

Numerous new cases were people who became ill two to three weeks ago, when contaminated lettuce was still being sold. Consumers should also know that washing lettuce will not remove pathogenic bacteria. Additionally, wash hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and having contact with animals. We get answers, compensation for those who have been injured, and justice through our work. IN 2016, attorney Fred Pritzker and his team won a $7.5 million judgment for a young client whose kidneys failed because of hemolytic uremic syndrome after an E. coli O157:H7 infection.

More deaths, illnesses linked to E.coli outbreak from Arizona-grown lettuce