Illnesses linked to a deadly E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce are continuing to rise, with 28 additional people found to have been sickened by the bacteria since last week, bringing the total to 149, health officials said.
Authorities are advising the public not to eat romaine lettuce unless they can confirm that it is not from the Yuma, Arizona,

As of this week, people in 29 states have fallen ill from consuming tainted lettuce traced to the Yuma, Arizona, region, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. Investigators have failed to determine a more precise source of the bacteria, which is transmitted from human or animal feces.

Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas are the latest states reporting illnesses since the CDC’s previous update on May 2. The full list of states can be seen here, or in the map above.
The most cases of E. coli linked to Romaine lettuce have been in California and Pennsylvania. Idaho and Minnesota have a
“Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region,” the CDC warned. “Romaine lettuce has a shelf life of several weeks, and contaminated lettuce could still be in homes, stores, and restaurants.”

This advisory includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads containing romaine lettuce.

“If you do not know if the lettuce in a salad mix is romaine, do not eat it,” the CDC advises.
A total of 64 people have been hospitalized in the outbreak, including 17 who developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. One death was reported in California, where the majority of the cases have been reported.

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