CDC provides major update on romaine linked to E. coli outbreak

(KKTV) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting the romaine lettuce linked to a current E. coli outbreak should no longer be available for purchase.

The agency says the romaine was grown in Yuma, Arizona and was last harvested April 16. So, it should no longer be in stores and restaurants because of its three-week shelf life.

The CDC said Wednesday that the total number of people sickened by a strain of E. coli is now 172 across 32 states. Those states include Colorado, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. As of May 15, the CDC was reporting three people were ill from the outbreak in Colorado.

The agency added it takes two to three weeks between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported to CDC. The most recent illnesses reported to CDC started when romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region was likely still available in stores, restaurants, and in peoples’ homes.

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