MiamiHerald / The romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak has caused several recalls over the weekend as well as six new cases not counted in a CDC update .
The Centers for Disease Control said it has traced the problem to a romaine lettuce supplier in Yuma, Arizona. The agency recommends that households throw out the romaine lettuce and that diners refrain from romaine lettuce in restaurants unless the establishment can confirm it didn’t come from Yuma.
Arizona wasn’t one of the 11 states with E. coli cases in that CDC update. But the Arizona Department of Health website states it has three cases linked to the outbreak. Montana’s Department of Health website also says it has three cases not counted by the CDC with five more “pending confirmatory testing.”
Counting the Arizona and Montana confirmed illnesses would bring the national total to 41 hit by E. coli in 13 states. The CDC reported 35 ill, 22 of which have been hospitalized, an unusually high 62.8 percent. Three of those people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a form of kidney failure that can be fatal.