NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One person in California has died in a large-scale E. coli outbreak that has sickened many in several states. The CDC has urged people to avoid romaine lettuce.
At least one person in Tennessee and Kentucky has gotten sick. Nationwide, some 121 people have gotten sick in 25 states, and at least 52 people have been hospitalized.
Hold the salad! But seriously, this e-coli outbreak is now deadly and it's spread to Kentucky and Tennessee, as you can see on the CDC map. It's been linked to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona. More info:https://t.co/0ASP65GSBK pic.twitter.com/9LlLNA6AHl— Sophie N-K (@SophieNC5) May 3, 2018
Health officials tied the E-coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona.
What does this mean for consumers? The CDC has some advice:
- Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona.
- Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, do not eat or buy romaine lettuce if you do not know where it was grown.
There’s some good news for Publix shoppers. The grocery chain released a statement saying it wasn't affected by the outbreak.
However, the numbers could still go up because cases could take up to three weeks before they're diagnosed and reported to the CDC.