Florida Added to List of Romaine Lettuce Outbreak: 149 Sick in 29 States

Four more states are reporting illnesses in a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, and Florida is one of them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its numbers on the outbreak Wednesday, revealing that 149 people in 29 states had gotten sick.

At this time, It is unclear if new illness are still occurring. The most recent illness began two weeks ago.

Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas have now joined the list of states reporting at least one E. coli illness linked to the outbreak.

At least 64 people have been hospitalized, including 17 with kidney failure. One death occurred in California.

Health officials have tied the outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, which provides most of the romaine sold in the U.S. during the winter.

Symptoms of E. coli food poisoning linked to romaine lettuce could include severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Most healthy adults can fully recover within a few weeks, however, children, the elderly and those with a weakened immune system may be more susceptible to severe injury or even wrongful death.

The Florida Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can review your potential case for E. coli food poisoning that resulted in hospital treatment after eating tainted romaine lettuce. To determine if financial compensation may be available through a romaine lettuce recall lawsuit, request a free consultation by calling us at 866-608-5529 or contact us online.

 

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