Published June 3, 2018
ATLANTA – The Center of Disease Control reports five people have died and another 197 have become ill in 35 states from the outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce. Among the sick, 89 people required hospitalization.
“Most of the people who recently became ill ate romaine lettuce when lettuce from the Yuma [Arizona] growing region was likely still available in stores, restaurants, or in peoples’ homes,” the report said. “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.”
Symptoms, which begin about three to four days after consuming the bacteria, may include watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, according to the CDC. Most people infected by the bacteria get better within five to seven days.
CDC officials feel the major threat is now over because most of the people impacted in the new report became sick within the period when contaminated romaine lettuce was still available. Some patients may have not reported eating the lettuce, though they had close contact with someone else who’d become infected.