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CDC: You Still Shouldn't Eat the Romaine!

Nearly 100 people have contracted E. Coli after eating tainted romaine lettuce.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The latest E.coli outbreak continues to spread, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At least 84 people in 19 states have fallen ill after eating tainted romaine lettuce. Forty-two people have been hospitalized, and nine have developed kidney failure.  So far, no one in Indiana has gotten sick. 

The contaminated lettuce was grown in the Yuma, Arizona region, but the CDC hasn't identified the grower, supplier, or brand name. Product labels don't usually identify the growing regions, which makes it difficult for consumers to know which lettuce to avoid.

The best way to avoid getting sick is to throw away any store-bought romaine you have at home, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. If you don't know if a salad you receive in a restaurant contains romaine, don't eat it.


It usually takes two to ten days for symptoms of an E. coli infection to appear, says the CDC.

These symptoms include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Bloody or non-bloody diarrhea
  • Little or no fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Most people who become sick will improve without medication in five to 10 days, but severe cases can lead to hospitalization. A small number of people each year develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can lead to kidney failure.

Learn more about the E.coli outbreak here.

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty.) 

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