Four more people have died from tainted romaine lettuce, federal health officials said Friday, bringing the total to five deaths related to a virulent strain of E. coli whose source has still not been located. A total of 197 cases were reported across 35 states, and 89 of them required the patient to be hospitalized. There is typically a lag between the time when someone falls ill and the CDC is alerted. On Friday, health officials said they had learned of four more - one in Arkansas, one in NY, and two in Minnesota.
Previously one death had been reported, in California.
Romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region in Arizona is thought to be the source of the latest E. coli outbreak. 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.
The first illnesses occurred in March, and the most recent began on May 12, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC has not pinpointed the exact source of the outbreak, but the lettuce appears to have been contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7, a particularly risky strain of the bacteria.
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Unlike spinach, which is often cooked, romaine - and lettuce in general - is more common as a culprit in E.coli outbreaks because it's eaten raw. Three more states have reported ill people - Arkansas, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Symptoms include diarrhea, which can be bloody, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.
While most people recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe, the CDC cautioned.
This story has been corrected to show that the state with two deaths was Minnesota, not California.