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Coli update: You can now safely eat romaine again

Coli update: You can now safely eat romaine again

Officials have warned against continuing consumption of Romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

The latest update released by the Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday updates advice to consumers.

That means that the agency is no longer advising consumers to avoid buying romaine lettuce in connection with the outbreak. But the last shipment of romaine from Yuma left on April 16 and the growing season there is over. Last week, the outbreak was reported in just 29 states.

Health officials say almost two dozen more cases of a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona have been reported.

According to the CDC, as of May 15, 2018, 172 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 32 states.

As of May 9, two cases in Wisconsin were linked to this outbreak. Iowa and OR also reported their first lettuce-related E. coli cases in the past week. The death in California remains the only one in this outbreak. Of the 157 people who were ill that the CDC has information on, 75 have been hospitalized and 20 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), the form of kidney failure that can be fatal.

Since product labels often come without the identification of the growing region, we suggest you pass on romaine lettuce if you are uncertain about where it was grown.

While most strains of the bacteria E. coli are harmless, others can cause serious illness.

Talk to your health care provider if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection and report your illness to your local health department.

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