E. coli outbreak now in 11 states

An E. coli outbreak is growing in at least eleven states, and Illinois is one of them.

The outbreak started late last month, affecting mostly women in age from 12 to 84 years old.

The source of the outbreak can, as of now, only be traced to chopped romaine lettuce from the growing region of Yuma, Arizona.

Consumers who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce should not eat it and throw it away immediately, the CDC said. That includes salads and salad mixes that contain romaine lettuce.

“If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away,” the CDC said.

The states where cases have been reported are: Pennsylvania, Idaho, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Missouri, Michigan and Illinois.

Most people begin to feel ill 3 to 4 days after eating or drinking the contaminated food, but it can take up to 10 days for symptoms to start. Symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, the CDC said.

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