Health officials: do not eat romaine lettuce from Yuma

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Consumers should avoid any pre-cut romaine lettuce from the Yuma area. According to Consumer Reports, this action comes after federal food safety warnings about contaminated chopped romaine lettuce.

The E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce in the United States is spreading.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning urging people who bought chopped romaine lettuce to throw it away immediately because it could make them sick. Their advice: "Throw out any romaine lettuce if you're uncertain about where it was grown".

The agency has not identified a common grower, supplier, distributor or brand.

And though the outbreak it linked to romaine grown in the Yuma, Ariz. region, CDC said consumers should throw out any romaine in their home since it's hard to tell from packaging where the vegetable is grown.

Five more states have reported ill people: Alaska, Arizona, California, Louisiana, and Montana. No deaths have yet been reported. Five of them developed a type of kidney failure associated with an E. coli illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can be life-threatening. According to the Alaska Department of Health, the state's eight E. coli cases were among inmates at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome. Symptoms of infection include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting.

"Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, confirm with the store or restaurant that is not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma Arizona growing region". Occasionally, more serious complications can occur, including kidney failure. Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their chopped romaine lettuce.

The lettuce is believed to be the cause of a multistate e. Coli outbreak.

The CDC says the new information comes Alaskans suffering from E. coli who ate whole head romaine lettuce from the Yuma region.

This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

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