Death toll rises to 5 in USA tainted lettuce outbreak

Faith Castro
June 3, 2018

Twenty-five more people have taken ill since the last update from the agency on May 16, with 197 patients from 35 states now affected, the CDC said. But there can be a lag in reporting, and reports of illnesses have continued to come in.

Of the infected people, 89 have been hospitalised and 26 have developed a kidney failure type known as hemolytic uremic syndrome. Most of the people who recently became ill ate romaine lettuce when lettuce from the Yuma (AZ) growing region was likely still available in stores, restaurants, or in peoples' homes.

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Officials said that first illness began sometime between March 13 and May 12.

The CDC also noted that some people who became sick had not eaten romaine lettuce, but had close contact with someone else who get sick from eating it.

Almost half of those who became ill had to be hospitalized.

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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.

"Any contaminated product from the Yuma growing region has already worked its way through the food supply and is no longer available for consumption", said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

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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.

Symptoms can include bloody diarrhea, vomiting and severe stomach cramps.

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