Who doesn't? There is no need to freak out about the recent E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona.
Wednesday's CDC news release upped the total illness count to 172 people across 32 different states. There was one death, in California. It takes an average of two to three weeks after the point of infection for the CDC to be notified of an E. coli case. This is due both to recalling the product and based upon the shelf-life of Romaine lettuce.
21 News has reached out to the Ohio Department of Health and is waiting learn where the three new cases were reported. That means the contaminated lettuce is now past its 21-day shelf life.
The FDA has determined that the last shipments of romaine lettuce from the Yuma area were harvested on April 16, 2018.
Though the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak sickened more people in more states over the past week - including the first case in Nebraska - the true news in Wednesday's CDC update concerns the lettuce. The agency is still investigating dozens of other farms to find the source of that E. Coli outbreak.
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The officials said 75 (48 percent) have resulted in hospitalization in which 20 people have developed a risky form of kidney failure and one death has been reported due to an outbreak of E. coli.
Fans of romaine lettuce salads may not totally be in the clear yet, but there is one slightly encouraging sign, according to the Center for Disease Control. The toxin causes diarrhea, vomiting, and kidney failure.
The number of people that have been infected by the E. coli romaine lettuce consumption can still increase because of the cases after April 2017.
The Food and Drug Administration has been trying to discover exactly where and when the romaine involved in this latest outbreak was contaminated.