CDC: 1 killed, 149 sickened in E. coli outbreak; Zero reported cases in Kern County

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The CDC said Wednesday, the E. coli outbreak has killed one person and sickened 149 people in 29 states according to new stats from the agency.

Thirty of the cases are in California, but Kern County Public Health said there are no reported cases of E. coli in the county.

The latest data from the CDC shows new cases have been reported Florida, Texas, North Dakota and Minnesota.

The outbreak has been traced to lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. 

According to the CDC, 102 of the 149 people reported eating romaine lettuce prior to becoming sick.  Sixty-four people have been hospitalized and 17 of them developed kidney failure.

The CDC said it has not issued a formal recall, but urges people to avoid eating all types of romaine lettuce unless they can confirm it didn’t come from Yuma, Arizona. If you can’t confirm where that lettuce came from, throw it out.

Officials also remind people to sanitize any shelves or drawers where romaine lettuce was recently stored.

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