Romaine lettuce e-coli outbreak is over, CDC says

Romaine lettuce e-coli outbreak is over, CDC says
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An outbreak of e-coli linked to romaine lettuce “appears to be over,” federal health officials declared Wednesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there have been 62 cases across 16 states and the District of Columbia since the disease was first reported in October.

There were no deaths, but 25 people were hospitalized, including two people who developed a type of kidney failure.

“Contaminated lettuce that made people sick in this outbreak should no longer be available,” the CDC said in a statement Wednesday.

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In December, officials said that they traced one source of the outbreak linked to romaine lettuce to a contaminated agricultural water reservoir on a farm in Santa Barbara county.

Officials with the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the farm is owned and operated by Adam Bros. Farming.

Adam Bros. Farming has not shipped romaine since Nov. 20, and romaine lettuce from the farm is no longer available for sale, the CDC said.

The agency added that the FDA “is continuing to investigate to learn more about how the E. coli bacteria could have entered the agricultural water reservoir and ways romaine lettuce from the farm could have been contaminated.”