The Centers for Disease Control posted its latest update on the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, revealing that one person has died as a result since the late April update. Infections have been reported in 25 states with, as of May 1, a total of 121 people impacted. Of those, at least 14 have developed kidney failure.
The CDC revealed the latest information today, its first update since April 27. Since then, another 23 people have fallen ill from the E. coli O157:H7 strain connected with romaine lettuce. Of the 121 infections, information for 102 cases are available, and among those 102 cases there are 14 individuals who developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
Young children, the elderly, and already ill individuals are most at risk of severe complications from the illness, though it can have a major impact on otherwise healthy people, too. The CDC previously linked the romaine lettuce with Yuma, Arizona, though the agency still hasn’t named a specific producer.
As in previous updates, the CDC continues to warn consumers about consuming romaine lettuce that originates specifically from Yuma, Arizona. The agency specifically cites chopped and bagged lettuce as the concern.
Restaurants are advised to confirm with their suppliers that none of their romaine lettuce products originate from Yuma. All questionable products should be thrown away. It is safe to consume romaine lettuce that originates from other regions, however.