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E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce kills 1 in California, expands to 25 states

The weeks-long E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce has killed one person and expanded to half of the U.S. states.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 23 more cases were reported since Friday, bringing the total to 121.

The CDC provided no more information on the death in California. The California Department of Public Health, who is taking questions on the death, did not immediately answer a USA TODAY inquiry.

The outbreak, which started March 13, has Americans avoiding romaine from the Yuma, Ariz., region, the suspected culprit of the outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who is investigating the outbreak along with the CDC and individual states, said illnesses at an Alaska prison was tied to whole-head romaine from Yuma-based Harrison Farms.

 

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