California death linked to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak


Staff have been informing local retailers that if they can not identify the originating source of their produce, they should remove the product from the shelves.

The CDC provided no more information on the death in California.

While most strains of the bacteria E. coli are harmless, others can cause serious illness. Of those, 52 people have been hospitalized; 14 of them have developed kidney failure. The CDC updated its numbers on the outbreak Wednesday, revealing that 121 people had gotten sick in 25 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 13, 2018 to April 21, 2018. And indeed, the CDC was able to track another, smaller E. coli outbreak from this year to a specific Yuma farm. This takes an average of two to three weeks. In the 1950s, prior to dialysis, the death rate from HUS was around 40 percent, but now it's about 3 to 5 percent, Bill Marler, an attorney who specializes in foodborne-illness cases, wrote on his Marler Blog.

Peter Cassell at the US Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety division says the agency is investigating the source of the illnesses in the other states. Of the outbreak victims, eight are inmates at a prison in Alaska. "At this time, ill people are not reporting whole heads or hearts of romaine".

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Romaine is the second-most popular leafy green in America.

The CDC is still saying that consumers should not buy or eat romaine lettuce unless you can absolutely confirm that it did not come from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

As previously reported, data indicates that the contaminated romaine lettuce originated from the Yuma, AZ, growing region. For that reason, it is important that individuals stay vigilant and aware of where their romaine lettuce is coming from in order to avoid illness. Therefore, it is not being sold or served anymore.

By the end of last week, it was advising people not to eat whole heads of romaine or salad mixes that might contain romaine unless they were sure they had not been grown in Yuma.