Fourteen more people have gotten sick from romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday, bringing the outbreak's total number of cases to almost 100. They include severe and painful cramps and diarrhea that is bloody or watery.
Eighty-four people infected with a strain of E. coli have been reported from 19 states, the CDC had said on Wednesday, in an update to its investigation into the outbreak.
Although not one of those affected by the outbreak has died, 10 patients developed a risky form of kidney failure, the agency said.
No deaths have been reported in this outbreak.
So far, illnesses include 18 cases in Pennsylvania, 16 cases in California, 10 in Idaho, eight cases each in Alaska and Montana, seven in New Jersey, five cases each in Arizona and Washington, three cases each in MI and OH, two cases each in Colorado, Connecticut and NY, and a single case each in Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. "Illnesses that occurred in the last two to three weeks might not yet be reported because of the time between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported to CDC", the agency said. The case count by state is: Alaska (8), Arizona (5), California (16), Colorado (2), CT (2), Georgia (1), Idaho (10), IL (1), Louisiana (1), MI (3), MS (1), Missouri (1), Montana (8), New Jersey (7), NY (2), OH (3), Pennsylvania (18), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (1), Virginia (1), Washington (5), Wisconsin (1).
A nation-wide outbreak of E.coli that is linked to romaine lettuce has landed in Georgia.
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Federal health officials have linked whole-head romaine lettuce implicated in eight Alaska cases that are part of a multistate Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak to a specific farm in Arizona, but are still tracking the source of contamination in chopped romaine responsible for illnesses in other states. But he added: "We're not seeing any other implicated products". Harris said the farm's romaine season is over, and it is now growing grass.
While officials have been able to track the lettuce back to Yuma, AZ, they say they still don't know at what point of distribution the lettuce was contaminated.
The CDC stressed that E. coli illness can be very serious, even deadly.
On Friday, the CDC warned Americans to toss out any romaine lettuce they might have bought in stores. None of the romaine - either bagged, loose or served at their salad bars - is from Yuma. Then, 26 states were affected and 199 people got sick.
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