Texas added to list of states hit by E. Coli outbreak in romaine lettuce

Texas added to list of states hit by E. Coli outbreak in romaine lettuce
Source: CDC Graphic
Source: CDC Graphic

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The E.Coli outbreak continues to sweep the country. Four more states have been added to the list of those affected by the outbreak. North Dakota, Florida, Minnesota, and now Texas have all reported people getting sick from the E. Coli-infected romaine lettuce.

There have been a total of 149 cases and 64 people have been hospitalized so far, including 17 people facing kidney failure. The condition can be life-threatening and so far one person has died because of it.

The bacterial illness has affected 29 states, hitting California and Pennsylvania the hardest hit so far.

"It is usually caused from eating food that's contaminated so it's actually from people digesting contaminated romaine lettuce," Katherine Wells of the Lubbock Health Department said.

The problem stems from bacteria-tainted romaine lettuce grown near Yuma, Arizona - causing the largest multi-state E. coli outbreak in the US has seen in years.

There has only been one report of E. Coli in Texas so far, reported in Central Texas. The Lubbock Health Department hasn't seen any cases in Lubbock, but they say it's better to always be cautious.

"Unfortunately these things happen, even though people take all the precautions, but good hand washing good food prep does help prevent it," Wells said.

To see the full list of symptoms the CDC has listed for E. Coli, click here. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is recommended to call your doctor.

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