Nationally, five people have died from E. coli poisoning from the tainted leafy greens; no deaths have been recorded in Texas. That being said, the CDC continues to investigate the outbreak and warned that new cases from May could still come to light due to a three-week lag in reporting. On Friday, health officials said they have learned of four more - another in California as well as one each in Arkansas, Minnesota and NY.
The first illnesses occurred in March, and the most recent began on May 12, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Most new cases involve people who became sick two or three weeks ago, when the tainted lettuce was still available for sale.
Numerous new cases were people who became ill two to three weeks ago, when contaminated lettuce was still being sold.
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As of June 1, 89 people have been hospitalized by the outbreak, but a recall has not been announced for romaine lettuce. Gottlieb is Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Ostroff is FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine.
As of May 30 the investigation figures show 197 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 35 states.
According to the latest statement from the CDC, numerous people affected fell ill two to three weeks ago, when the contaminated lettuce was still on shop shelves.
When eaten, E. coli can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and even kidney failure in severe cases.
While most people recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe, the CDC cautioned.