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CDC: More e-coli illnesses linked to California romaine lettuce

More people have fallen ill from an e-coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.
In this Nov. 20, 2018, file photo, romaine lettuce sits on the shelves as a shopper walks through the produce area of an Albertsons market in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — More people have fallen ill from an e-coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

According to the latest data released Thursday, Dec. 19 by the Centers for Disease Control, a total of 138 people from 25 states have been infected. Indiana has not reported any cases of illness from this outbreak.

While no deaths have been reported, 72 people had to be hospitalized and 13 developed a type of kidney failure.

Health officials continue to urge people to not eat any romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region.

To identify the affected romaine lettuce, look for a label, sticker or pre-printed information that says “grown in” or “Romaine:” followed by a region to know where the romaine lettuce was grown and harvested. This information is usually located near the use-by date when it is printed on the package, or it may be on a sticker.

To be safe, the CDC recommends if the label on your lettuce says “grown in Salinas” or “Romaine: Salinas” (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t eat it. If you can’t find the label showing where it was grown, don’t eat it. Throw it away.

If you can’t find the growing region, don’t eat it. Throw it away.

If you don’t know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix or wrap contains romaine, don’t eat it. Throw it away.