5 dead, nearly 200 sickened in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

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Since mid-May, "four more deaths were reported, bringing the total to five deaths from Arkansas (1), California (1), Minnesota (2), and NY (1)", the CDC said in a statement.

A total of 197 people have fallen ill in 35 states, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While they have traced the toxic E. coli strain to the Yuma growing region, they are still looking for the precise source - whether it originated in the water supply, harvesting equipment, a processing plant in the area or somewhere else.

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Note: The CDC says an important step in preventing E. coli infection is to wash hands after using the restroom or changing diapers, before and after preparing or eating food, and after contact with animals. "That's really the concern at this point". As the Inquisitr reported, a person from California was the first death that resulted from the outbreak. Eighty-nine people have been hospitalized. The cause of the poisoning then it was Romaine lettuce.

From E. coli in lettuce have died to 5 people. The growing season there ended six weeks ago, and it's unlikely any tainted lettuce is still in stores or people's homes, given its short shelf life.

California and Pennsylvania are recording the most cases.

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Romaine lettuce in a supermarket.

The sweeping advisory came after information tied to some new illnesses prompted health officials to caution against eating all kinds of romaine lettuce that came from Yuma. "Trucks all across the country were dumping romaine", Drew McDonald, vice president of quality and food safety at Taylor Farms, told the WSJ. Consumers should also know that washing lettuce will not remove pathogenic bacteria.

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