North Dakota has 1st illness related to bad romaine lettuce

Alicia Farmer
May 5, 2018

California has the most cases with 24, followed by Pennsylvania with 20 and Idaho with 11.

U.S. health authorities on Wednesday reported the first death in an outbreak of E.coli bacteria in romaine lettuce that has sickened 121 people across the United States.

As of Wednesday, 121 E. coli cases from 25 states have been reported to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

North Dakota Health Department epidemiologist Laura Cronquist says it's not known if contaminated lettuce is still in the supply chain, so consumers should remain cautious.

The person was hospitalized, and a second case is under investigation.

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The FDA is continuing to investigate the source of the chopped romaine lettuce that caused these illnesses and has identified dozens of other fields as possible sources.

At this time, health officials have not released the location of the outbreak.

Symptoms of E. coli include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

The Food and Drug Administration said most people reported eating a salad at a restaurant, and romaine lettuce was the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten. Most cases resolve on their own, but severe cases involving complications may require hospitalization.

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