Lettuce Lover? CDC Updates Advice To Consumers

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

More than 170 people in 32 states have fallen ill from eating romaine lettuce contaminated with the bacteria E. coli, the CDC said.

It is estimated that 47.8 million people in the United States get affected with food-borne illnesses every year, which leads to about 127,000 people getting hospitalised and death of over 3,000 people.

In April, the CDC warned consumers to toss out any romaine lettuce they may have purchased in stores.

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Harvesting of romaine from Yuma, Ariz. - source of the outbreak - is over and it's likely no longer being sold, the CDC says.

The news comes after the CDC's near month-long investigation into contaminated lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, which recently completed its harvesting season.

The CDC first reported the E. Coli outbreak on April 10. At present they advise people that if they are not sure of where their lettuce has come from, they need not throw it out. That was the message Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and if not exactly a thundering signal of "all clear", it's pretty close. The toxin causes diarrhea, vomiting, and kidney failure. Romaine lettuce is probably safe to buy from stores and restaurants without risking E. coli from the outbreak. The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified people in several Canadian provinces infected with the same DNA fingerprint of E. coli O157:H7.

The most recent cases reported by the CDC started May 2, part of the 23 new cases across the nation in the last week, bringing the total to 172. California, however, has the highest number of E. coli infection cases at 39 victims, followed by Pennsylvania at 21 victims.

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