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Last updated May 18, 2018, 12:00 pm

FDA Reports that Lettuce from Yuma Likely Out of Circulation

This week, FDA reported that the romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma region is likely out of circulation-- off of store shelves, out of restaurants, and out of homes. The last batch of produce grown in the Yuma area was shipped out on April 16 and the 21-day shelf-life is now passed. 

As of May 15, the number of illnesses linked to the E. coli outbreak totaled 172 across 32 states. Of the cases identified, 75 required hospitalization. One death was reported. Montana has at least eight cases linked to the outbreak, three of which are Missoula residents. Statewide, at least four people have required hospitalization. 

While the suspected product is out of circulation, the investigation is ongoing, and the outbreak is not considered officially over.

 E. coli O157:H7 is a dangerous foodborne pathogen that causes severe abdominal cramping, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), vomiting, and sometimes fever 1-10 days after exposure. Children and those with compromised immune systems can experience severe illness, complications, and kidney failure, which can lead to death. If you begin to experience these symptoms, please contact a healthcare provider. For more information, go to

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On what's going on in our state:

DPHHS: Multi-state Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7

On the nationwide outbreak:

CDC: Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked with Chopped Romaine (note this page may not reflect the most recent case count)

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