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Iowa, Nebraska, and OR have now joined the list of states reporting E. coli cases linked to romaine lettuce.

Although E. coli is typically to primarily pose a danger to elderly people and very young children, the median age of those affected in this outbreak is 29.

As of May 16- 39 people in California have gotten sick, and one person has died.

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The person became ill about three weeks ago and has recovered, said Phil Rooney, a spokesman for the Douglas County Health Department. Restaurants were also advised not to serve romaine lettuce. So, according to the CDC, it's unlikely any romaine from Yuma is still in stores or restaurants.

With the grow season over in the region, however, the FDA said that it is unlikely that any contaminated lettuce would still be available in stores or restaurants.

It might be safe to eat romaine lettuce again. The popular variety of lettuce has been linked to a widespread E. coli outbreak since last month, but the CDC said the contaminated lettuce may have passed its expiration date. In serious cases it can lead to a form of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome. Officials say because of romaine lettuce's three-week shelf life, it should no longer be connected to the illnesses.

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"This is a higher hospitalization rate than usual for E. coli O157:H7 infections, which is usually around 30 percent", the agency said of the outbreak, which began in March. This toxin is capable of causing serious diarrhoea and vomiting.

The number of people that have been infected by the E. coli romaine lettuce consumption can still increase because of the cases after April 2017.

While the FDA and CDC haven't been able to trace the outbreak beyond just the general area of the Yuma region, food safety attorney Bill Marler is trying to track back via lawsuit.

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