5 dead, nearly 200 sick in romaine E. coli outbreak

5 dead, nearly 200 sick in romaine E. coli outbreak

5 dead, nearly 200 sick in romaine E. coli outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 25 new cases, across 13 states, related to the E. coli outbreak, which affected romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., growing region.

Tainted lettuce may be off store shelves, but the ramifications of the nationwide romaine E. coli outbreak aren't over yet.

"Most of the newly reported cases are people who became sick two to three weeks ago, still within the window when contaminated romaine was available for sale", said the CDC statement. On Friday, health officials said they have learned of four more - two in Minnesota and one each in Arkansas and NY. Deaths have been confirmed in Arkansas, California, Minnesota and NY with two of those deaths happening in Minnesota. On Friday, health officials said they had learned of four more - one in Arkansas, one in NY, and two in Minnesota.

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Romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region in Arizona is thought to be the source of the latest outbreak, although the Food and Drug Administration said no single grower, distributor or region could account for the spread.

Symptoms, which begin about three to four days after consuming the bacteria, can include watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, according to the CDC.

This is the largest outbreak of its kind since a deadly E.coli outbreak in 2006 that was linked to spinach, CNN reported.

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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".

While most people recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe, the CDC cautioned. There have been 89 people hospitalized, and 26 who developed a type of kidney failure due to the infection.

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