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E. coli-fused Romain outbreak spreads to 29 states, suffers 149 people – The Denver Post



The nationwide food poisoning outbreak of E. coli-laden romaine lettuce has spread to 29 states and has left 149 people ill, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday.

That's an increase of 28 people and four states – Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas – since the most recent CDC update on May 2. The number of people suffering from this outbreak has risen steadily since the federal authorities began investigations a month ago, when 205 people fell ill and five of them died.

This strain of E. coli produces a toxin that causes vomiting and diarrhea and possibly other severe symptoms, including kidney failure in some cases. Of 129 people, 64 or 50 percent, were hospitalized, including 1

7 people with severe kidney failure. A death from California was reported. The patients are between 1 and 88 years old. About 65 percent of the patients are women. The most recent illness began on April 25th. But there is a time delay in reporting and confirming these cases. People who have become ill in the last two or three weeks may not yet be reported.

California leads the nation with 30 cases, followed by Pennsylvania with 20 and Idaho with 11.


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