Health Department officials say they're working with state and national authorities to investigate but urged people to not eat romaine unless they're certain it's not from the Yuma region, which includes part of western Arizona and extends into the Imperial Valley of southeastern California.
Romaine lettuce shouldn't be sold, purchased or eaten unless it can be confirmed that it's not from the Yuma region, said Kirk Smith, manager of the health department's foodborne, waterborne, vector borne and zoonotic diseases section.
A man shops for vegetables beside Romaine lettuce stocked and for sale at a supermarket in Los Angeles, California on May 2, 2018, where the first death from an E Coli contaminated Romaine lettuce outbreak was reported.
At least 64 people have been hospitalized, including 17 with kidney failure. The CDC warns consumers not to buy romaine unless they can verify the region of production. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. However, some infections can lead to serious kidney problems. The common symptoms are diarrhea, which often is bloody; severe stomach cramps; and vomiting.
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"Just Salad suppliers are NOT affected by the possible E.coli outbreak", the statement read, before informing customers of where their lettuce in all markets originates. But there is a 21-day shelf life for romaine, the agency says, so there might still be lettuce in the supply chain.
About 135 cases of E. coli are reported in Minnesota each year, according to the MDH. Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas are the latest states to report illnesses, bringing the total to 29. Cattle wandered into the stream and wild pigs were found running back and forth.