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Five people die in US romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

02 June 2018, 01:14 | Melissa Porter

The Arizona growing season is long over so it's unlikely any tainted romaine lettuce is still in stores

5 dead and nearly 200 sickened in romaine lettuce outbreak

The disease appears to have been spread from romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma region of Arizona. That means it is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is still available in people's homes, grocery stores or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life. At least 89 were hospitalized.

According to the latest statement from the CDC, numerous people affected fell ill two to three weeks ago, when the contaminated lettuce was still on shop shelves.

Previously one death had been reported, in California.

In early May, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed 10 cases of E. coli infection in Minnesota, with three requiring hospitalization.

The outbreak was first reported on March 13, reports CNN.

Numerous new cases were people who became ill two to three weeks ago, when contaminated lettuce was still being sold.

"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".

Meanwhile, government authorities are still trying to figure out how and why the outbreak happened.

The growing season in the Yuma, Ariz., region, which produced the contaminated lettuce, ended April 16. Gottlieb is Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Ostroff is FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine.

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.

While most people recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe, the CDC cautioned.

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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