An E.coli outbreak that has sickened almost 150 people in 29 states so far is likely to worsen, according to an update Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health officials say almost two dozen more cases of a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona have been reported. More cases may get reported, but the shelf-life of romaine lettuce is not long and no more is being harvested from the affected area. Every winter, the Yuma region provides most of the romaine sold in the U.S. Seventy-five people have been hospitalized. The latest reported illness started on May 2, 2018, officials said. And 75 people have been sick enough to need hospitalization.
One person died in California. The CDC website for the outbreak recommended that consumers not "eat or buy romaine lettuce unless [they] can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region".
While most strains of the bacteria E. coli are harmless, others can cause serious illness.
The FDA and the CDC used new genome sequencing technology to link infections to the same potent strain of E.coli that was previously reported.
Most people recover from those symptoms within a week, but if the illness lasts longer than usual and seems to feel more severe, symptoms of the E. coli infection must be reported to a doctor or health professional, the agency said.
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