Illnesses linked to deadly E. coli in romaine lettuce are continuing to rise, with 28 additional people found to have been sickened by the bacteria since last week bringing the total to 149.
As of this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that people in 29 states have fallen ill from consuming tainted lettuce.
The advisory includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads containing romaine lettuce. The problem is that romaine lettuce has a shelf life of several weeks, and contaminated lettuce could still be in homes, stores, and restaurants.
The most recent reports of illnesses started on April 25, though the CDC noted it could take up to three weeks for a confirmed illness to be reported to federal officials. This suggests there could be additional cases that are not yet known to authorities.
A total of 64 people have been hospitalized in the outbreak, including 17 who developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. One death was reported in California, where the majority of the cases have been reported.
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