Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

5 dead, almost 200 sickened in romaine lettuce outbreak

5 dead, almost 200 sickened in romaine lettuce outbreak

An update from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on a multistate outbreak of E. coli shows there has been one death in Arkansas.

Four more deaths have been linked to the national food poisoning outbreak blamed on tainted lettuce, bringing the total to five. Health officials said there are now 197 cases across 35 states.

Health officials have tied the E. coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona.

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When a person becomes infected with the bacteria, it can take two to three weeks before a report to the CDC. On Friday, health officials said they had learned of four more - one in Arkansas, one in NY, and two in Minnesota. The four additional deaths were reported from Arkansas, Minnesota and NY. On Friday, health officials said they had learned of four more - one in Arkansas, one in NY, and two in Minnesota. There have been 89 people hospitalized, and 26 who developed a type of kidney failure due to the infection.

Officials said that first illness began sometime between March 13 and May 12.

Almost half of those who became ill had to be hospitalized.

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"Some people who became sick did not report eating romaine lettuce, but had close contact with someone else who got sick from eating romaine lettuce".

After the initial outbreak, the CDC issued a warning on romaine lettuce. Gottlieb is Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Ostroff is FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine.

Symptoms can include bloody diarrhea, vomiting and severe stomach cramps.

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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.

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