The state health lab confirmed the link to the Yuma region, Rooney said. "You can't be sure it isn't in people's refrigerators, restaurants and stores".
To date, 64 people have been hospitalized, with one death reported.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its warning about an E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce to cover all forms of romaine, including whole heads and hearts of romaine grown in the Yuma, Arizona, growing area.
Since 1995, there have been 78 outbreaks linked to leafy greens, he said. The new case makes three. The CDC determined that the outbreak was tied to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, and has advised consumes to avoid buying romaine lettuce from that region for weeks.
But the last shipments of romaine lettuce from Yuma were harvested on April 16, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Since product labels often come without the identification of the growing region, we suggest you pass on romaine lettuce if you are uncertain about where it was grown. The Health Department may never be able to pinpoint the specific source of the infection.
The health department is advising people that if they don't know where their romaine lettuce originated, they shouldn't eat it. You can also write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick and talk to public health investigators if they have questions about your illness.
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