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July 19, 2019

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is over, CDC says

January 11, 2019
An outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce appears to be over, according to the CDC. (natalie-claude / Getty Images)

Lettuce rejoice.

The recent E. coli outbreak that was connected to romaine lettuce in California now “appears to be over,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced.


People first began to report symptoms last October, and the outbreak was later linked to the popular strain of lettuce. The CDC told people in November that the lettuce may be contaminated with the harmful bacteria.

A total of 62 people became ill over the course of the outbreak, with cases appearing in 16 different states. Twenty-five people went to the hospital. Two, meanwhile, suffered from a form of kidney failure.

There were no deaths due to the outbreak. A new case has not been reported since Dec. 4.

The outbreak has been linked to farms in central and northern California.

A separate E. Coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz. occurred earlier in 2018, with 210 people becoming ill and five people dying.

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