New case of E. coli in Wisconsin linked to romaine lettuce

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Those states include Colorado, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is still available in stores or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life.

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 Twenty-three more illnesses caused by an E. coli outbreak tied to tainted romaine lettuce were reported by US health officials on Wednesday.

That's "still within the window when contaminated romaine was available for sale", the CDC said, and "the latest reported illness started on May 2".

The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified people in several Canadian provinces infected with the same DNA fingerprint of E. coli O157:H7.

At least 75 people have been hospitalized, including 20 with kidney failure.

One person died in California. The strain linked to chopped romaine lettuce is a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, which can cause severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, the CDC said. Numerous other illnesses are linked to chopped romaine lettuce.

In scale, this outbreak is approaching that of the 2006 baby spinach E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 200 people and killed five. Most strains of E. coli are harmless and serve an important role in the digestive system.

All the cases had been linked to lettuce that came from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. The Health Department may never be able to pinpoint the specific source of the infection.

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