The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that one person has died from the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
The death was from a patient in California and is the first known death from this outbreak.
The CDC has reported 23 additional cases of the illness, bringing the total to 121 since the outbreak began in March.
E. coli symptoms begin around three to four days after consumption and cause severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Most people recover in around a week, but some can also develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can be life-threatening.
This particular strain of E. coli is one of the more dangerous types. Of the 121 cases, 52 have required hospitalization, which is a higher than usual rate. 14 patients have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome.
The number of states affected has grown to 25, with the recent additions of Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Utah.
Health officials have narrowed down their search for the source of the outbreak to the Yuma, Arizona region, but have not identified a single grower, farm, manufacturer, supplier, or brand as the source of contamination.
The CDC has warned the public, saying, “Do not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salad and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.”
If you are not 100% certain where your lettuce was grown, you are advised to throw it out.