Outbreak investigation usually take longer to be completed sine investigators need to look at a number of distributors in order to find out where the contamination is coming from. According to news reports and state health departments, the outbreak total could be 66. Those patients are not included in the CDC count.
More than 60 people from 16 states have been infected.
By Friday, 53 cases had been reported nationwide, including six cases in Montana, and 10 in Idaho. Those patients live in Missoula, Ravali, Flathead, Lincoln, and Gallatin.
"There are eight prisoners in a prison up in Nome, Alaska, that have E. coli and they've been linked genetically to the cases in the lower 48", Marler said. Four of those patients live in Maricopa and one in Pinal County.
Alberta Health Services said 21 of the lab-confirmed cases have been linked to the city's Mama Nita's Binalot restaurant in late March.
So there could be at least 66 people sick in this ongoing outbreak.
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The Wichita Falls ISD has stopped serving romaine lettuce sourced from Yuma, Arizona following a recall by the CDC. In a typical E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, about 30% of patients are hospitalized. This could be because the lettuce is highly contaminated.
"We have verified that all the romaine lettuce being sold in our stores is safe and has not been grown in Yuma, Arizona so anything you buy in our stores right now we feel confident that it is safe", said Randy Bohaty, produce director for B&R stores. The government is now saying that all romaine - not just the chopped forms found in salad mixes - can be contaminated, and washing the romaine won't help.
If you have romaine in your refrigerator, throw it out and wipe down your fridge.
If you have such lettuce at home, the CDC says to throw it away, because it could be tainted with E. coli.
The symptoms of an E. coli infection are striking and severe. Williams asks anyone who has consumed romaine to be on the lookout for symptoms in the coming days, which stomach cramps, vomiting, and, "bloody diarrhea".
The supplier said that it got its lettuce from a packer in California that got it from a farm in Yuma.