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Canadians sickened by E. coli linked to romaine lettuce

Canadians sickened by E. coli linked to romaine lettuce

The CDC said four more states - Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas - have been hit by the outbreak, bringing the total number of affected states to 29.

It's the largest multi-state E. coli outbreak in the U.S.in a dozen years. These include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. While these symptoms are usually mild and most people recover within a week, occasionally they can become severe and even life-threatening with some people experiencing a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the CDC. The bacteria recently killed one person in California, marking the first fatality tied to the outbreak.

The most recent illness started on April 25, said the CDC, noting that illnesses since then may not have been reported yet to the agency. But there is a time lag in reporting and confirming these cases.

Idaho is the third most infected state behind California and Pennsylvania, with 11 reported cases, including three hospitalizations, as well as two reporting kidney failure, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

The outbreak has proved to be a complicated case for federal investigators.

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The Public Health Agency of Canada says two of the six Canadians reported travelling to the USA before falling ill due to E. coli O157, three became infected in Canada and the remaining case is under investigation. Last week, it identified Harrison Farms as the source of a single outbreak at a correctional facility in Nome, Alaska, that sickened eight inmates.

The agency also warned restaurants not to serve romaine lettuce to customers. It's still uncertain where in the supply chain the contamination happened.

The CDC regularly publishes any new updates in the outbreak and has advised against buying or eating any romaine lettuce that you can not confirm came from outside the Yuma region.

Scientists have identified a link to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region. Lettuce from California is not implicated in the outbreak.

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