1st death from romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

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Health officials have tied the E. coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, which provides most of the romaine sold in the us during the winter.

The outbreak, which started March 13, has Americans avoiding romaine from the Yuma, Ariz., region, the suspected culprit of the outbreak. The California Department of Public Health said in a statement it can not provide any more details because of patient privacy laws. 52 people have been hospitalised and 14 of them with kidney failure among the sickened people.

The California Department of Public Health confirmed to Ars that a resident had died from an illness linked to contaminated romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma region.

So far, infections associated with the outbreak have been detected in states all around country, with the most cases appearing in California, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, and Montana.

Officials still have not identified the source of the outbreak.

OR has not been listed as one of the affected states and no resident has reported any illness relating to the E.coli outbreak.

The major symptoms include diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting, and severe stomach cramps.

"Most people reported eating a salad at a restaurant, and romaine lettuce was the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten", the FDA states. As a result, the CDC has reissued their ban on romaine lettuce, so don't eat any unless you are certain it did not come from that area. "Health officials are working to determine why this strain is causing a higher percentage of hospitalizations", the agency said in late April, according to CNN.

Hladky said since the outbreak has occurred she's had a few customers ask about it, but not too many. It usually doesn't require treatment beyond home remedies and staying hydrated, and most people recover within a week.

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