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CDC: Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Coming to an End

May 23, 2018

GEORGIA – May 17, 2018 ( According to a news report from, contaminated romaine lettuce might not present a continued health hazard.* 

Since early spring, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and retailers around the country have been battling an E. coli outbreak associated with romaine lettuce. The contaminated lettuce was isolated to the Yuma, Arizona, region but not to any specific brands. Since the start of the outbreak, 172 people have reportedly been infected with E. coli, and one person in California has died from E. coli complications. 

On May 16, the CDC indicated the outbreak is likely contained, and it is again safe to buy and consume romaine lettuce. Growing season is now over in Yuma, and the last batch of potentially contaminated lettuce reportedly left Yuma on April 16. Given the product’s 21-day shelf life, it is unlikely that any lettuce on the shelves of stores today is contaminated with E. coli or even from the Yuma region, the CDC said. 

The CDC received its most recent E. coli reports on May 2, and the agency says it takes two to three weeks from the date someone becomes infected for reports to reach the CDC. The CDC currently has information about 157 people infected with E. coli in the U.S. Seventy-five of those people have been hospitalized and 20 have developed a kidney complication from the disease known as hemolytic uremic syndrome. 

California has seen the highest number of E. coli cases, with 39 people becoming infected in the state. Pennsylvania has the second-highest number with 21 cases, followed by Minnesota with 12 and Idaho with 11. Georgia has five total cases of E. coli reported to date. 

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