Coli-Tainted Romaine Lettuce Likely No Longer on Store Shelves

Coli-Tainted Romaine Lettuce Likely No Longer on Store Shelves

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The Centers for Disease Control said illness reports are still coming in.

This nasty outbreak has infected 172 people across 32 states, according to the CDC. Since romaine lettuce has a shelf life of several weeks, it is possible some contaminated lettuce may still be in stores, restaurants, or home refrigerators.

The agency says the romaine was grown in Yuma, Arizona and was last harvested April 16.

The CDC has stopped advising consumers to throw away romaine lettuce if they can't confirm where it's from. People who got sick range from 1 to 88 years, with a median age of 29.

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At least 75 people have been hospitalized, including 20 with kidney failure.

It's the worst outbreak of E. coli since 2006 when illnesses traced to spinach killed three and sickened more than 270.

Health officials said Wednesday that it is "unlikely" that any romaine lettuce grown in Yuma is still available as more E. coli cases are being reported nationwide.

The CDC estimates that foodborne illnesses affect 47.8 million people in the USA every year, putting 127,000 into the hospital and killing more than 3,000.

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