CDC says romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak over

An E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce — which included 12 Ohio cases — appears to be over as of Jan. 15, said the CDC.

Contaminated romaine lettuce that made people sick in this outbreak harvested from the Salinas Valley growing region in California is no longer available for sale. The CDC is no longer advising that people avoid romaine lettuce from this growing region.

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A total of 167 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli were reported from 27 states.

A total of 85 hospitalizations were reported, including 15 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths were reported.

The first cases were in September and the number peaked in November.

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