"We are actively evaluating a number of theories about how romaine lettuce grown on multiple farms in the same growing region could have become contaminated around the same time", Dr. Scott Gottlieb and Dr. Stephen Ostroff wrote. Sixty-eight percent of ill people are female. Of those three cases, two developed a potentially fatal condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome that sometimes leads to kidney failure.
Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital, said that does not eliminate the possibility of an E. coli spread. As the Inquisitr reported, a person from California was the first death that resulted from the outbreak.
"Romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region [of Arizona] is past its shelf life and is likely no longer being sold in stores or served in restaurants", officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement released Friday.
California and Pennsylvania are recording the most cases. Prices for whole heads of romaine lettuce were down 60%.
Some food safety experts thought the outbreak would be declared over by now, but it hasn't.
Officials also noted that some of the individuals who became ill never actually consumed the contaminated lettuce but were in close contact with someone else who had done so.
The sweeping advisory came after information tied to some new illnesses prompted health officials to caution against eating all kinds of romaine lettuce that came from Yuma.
Food and Drug Administration officials said, however, that romaine now for sale on grocery shelves is safe to eat. And always wash your hands before preparing food, serving food, using the bathroom, or taking care of someone who is sick. Please note that class action lawsuits are typically not appropriate for outbreak victims because these types of cases are very unique.