The Centers for Disease Control has expanded its warning about lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona, area. Thirty-one of those ill have been hospitalized. With the additional seven illnesses, that national number is now at 60: Pennsylvania, 12; Idaho, 10; Alaska, 8; New Jersey, 7; Montana, 6; Arizona, 3; New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, 2 each; California, Virgina, Washington, Illinois, Missiouri, Louisiana, one each.
According to the Mayo Clinic, O157 E.coli symptoms include diarrhea, which could be bloody, as well as abdominal cramping or pain, and in some people, nausea.
Although the exact source of the tainted lettuce hasn't been identified, federal officials have said information indicates the contaminated lettuce was grown in that southeast corner of Arizona. Those most at risk for E. coli illness include the very young, the very old and individuals with compromised immune systems. Therefore, consumers should throw out any romaine lettuce in their homes, even if partially eaten, and avoid eating romaine at restaurants unless the establishment can confirm that the lettuce is not from Yuma. Due to the four-day shelf life, the products should no longer be available in stores.
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The company included the lettuce recall on its website, along with a list of other various product recalls. Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their chopped romaine lettuce.
If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or not, the CDC said, you should throw it away.
It is now advising people throw away whole heads of romaine in addition to chopped romaine.
The CDC based the new warning on eight new cases of acute gastroenteritis at a correctional facility in Nome, Alaska, that appear to be connected to the current outbreak affecting 53 people in 16 states.