It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is still available in people's homes, stores, or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life.

An update from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on a multistate outbreak of E. coli shows there has been one death in Arkansas. The four additional deaths were reported from Arkansas, Minnesota and NY.

This is the largest outbreak of its kind since a deadly E.coli outbreak in 2006 that was linked to spinach, CNN reported. On Friday, health officials said they had learned of four more - one in Arkansas, one in NY, and two in Minnesota.

The Shiga toxin-producing bacteria has infected 197 people in 35 states since March, the CDC said in a new statistics report Friday. The warning is no longer in effect as the contaminated lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region is no longer harvested.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the last shipments of romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region were harvested on April 16, 2018, and the harvest season is over. While almost 90 percent of those who fell ill reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before they were sickened, some told the CDC that they did not personally eat the lettuce but were in close contact with somebody who did.

According to the Mayo Clinic, O157 E.coli symptoms include diarrhea, which could be bloody, as well as abdominal cramping or pain, and in some people, nausea.

Of the total 187 patients for whom information was available, 89 (or 48 per cent) were hospitalised, including 26 who developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

The disclosure of more deaths followed a federal announcement two weeks ago that the danger had passed.


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