The last shipments of romaine lettuce from the Yuma region were harvested on April 16, 2018 and the harvest season is over, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Iowa, Nebraska and OR newly joined the list of 39 states that have reported illnesses linked to romaine lettuce. But because it takes 2 to 3 weeks from when a person gets sick with E. coli and when the case is reported to the CDC, the number of cases may still increase, reflecting cases that occurred when the tainted romaine was still available.
Health officials say almost two dozen more cases of a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona have been reported. 48 percent of those people with available information have been hospitalized, including 20 who developed kidney failure, according to the latest report from the CDC. Now, the CDC is warning consumers not to buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it's not from the Yuma, Arizona area. And 75 people have been sick enough to need hospitalization. One death was reported from California.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the bacteria strain behind the outbreak tends to cause more serious illnesses.
Symptoms of E. coli infection include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.