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The Los Angeles Times this morning reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated information about the E. coli outbreak, saying that “a virulent E. coli strain tied to romaine lettuce has now sent 42 people to hospitals in 19 states,” which adds “31 people to its tally of victims in the outbreak. The agency has linked the outbreak to the Imperial Valley growing region centered around Yuma, Ariz., where more than 90% of the nation's winter lettuce is cultivated.”

According to the story, “The worst hit states include Pennsylvania, with 18 cases, and California, with 13, according to the CDC. Idaho had 10 cases, while the remaining states had 7 or fewer: Arizona, Alaska, Washington, Montana, Colorado, South Dakota, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, and Georgia.”

The CDC’s advice remains the same: “Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, do not eat or buy romaine lettuce if you do not know where it was grown.”
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