Twenty-eight more people in four states (Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Texas) have been sickened by E. coli-tainted romaine lettuce, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday.
There are now 149 cases of persons falling ill after consuming romaine lettuce, with a total of 29 states affected.
The CDC stressed that E. coli illness can be very serious, even deadly. And so far one death, which occurred in California.More news: Google launches a new design for Drive
Since its previous update roughly a week earlier, the new data bumps the number of confirmed cases of E. coli infection up by 28, and adds four new states. No additional deaths have been reported.
The most recent illness started on April 25, said the CDC, noting that illnesses since then may not have been reported yet to the agency.
This is the biggest Shiga-toxin producing E. coli outbreak since a 2006 outbreak linked to spinach grown in the Salinas Valley in California, Wise said. "This percentage is significantly higher than results from a survey of healthy people in which 46% reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before they were interviewed". They include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.More news: Four Tigers in England squad to tour South Africa
"Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region."Most people recover in five to seven days.
The CDC has cautioned against the use of antibiotics to treat the illness because studies have linked antibiotic use with an increased risk for hemolytic uremic syndrome in both children and adults. CDC's warning applies to whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. But there is a 21-day shelf life for romaine, the agency says, so there might still be lettuce in the supply chain.
Because labels on romaine lettuce do not often list growing regions, it can be hard for a consumer to tell whether the lettuce they are purchasing is part of the outbreak.More news: Magnitude 5.5 quake rattles NW Pakistan, no word on damage