5 dead, almost 200 sickened in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

5 dead, almost 200 sickened in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

5 dead, almost 200 sickened in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

It takes two to three weeks between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported to CDC. Since lettuce has a 21-day shelf life, it is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the area remains in restaurants, stores or people's homes, the CDC said.

Five people have died in a major E.coli outbreak in the USA involving romaine lettuce, with 197 cases reported across 35 states, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Four more deaths were reported from Arkansas (1), Minnesota (2), and NY (1).

Bacteria sickens almost 100 people across 22 states; Claudia Cowan reports. The new CDC report announces four more deaths - one in Arkansas, two in Minnesota and one in NY. A total of 197 cases were reported across 35 states, and 89 of them required the patient to be hospitalized. Of those three cases, two developed a potentially fatal condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome that sometimes leads to kidney failure.

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

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The growing season in the Yuma, Ariz., region, which produced the contaminated lettuce, ended April 16.

Officials also noted that some of the individuals who became ill never actually consumed the contaminated lettuce but were in close contact with someone else who had done so.

According to the latest statement from the CDC, numerous people affected fell ill two to three weeks ago, when the contaminated lettuce was still on shop shelves.

Most E. coli bacteria are not harmful, but some produce toxins that can cause severe illness.

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

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