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1 dead from E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

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One person in California has died from the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. This is the first death from this outbreak.

The agency reported 23 additional cases of illness bringing the total number of cases to 121 since the outbreak began in March.

Fifty-two individuals have been hospitalized.

Six people in Washington and 11 in Idaho have fallen ill. 

While the current cases are connected to the Yuma, Arizona, area, the CDC warns that package labels often do not identify growing regions. Consumers should throw out any romaine lettuce in their homes, even if partially eaten, and avoid eating romaine at restaurants unless the establishment can confirm that the lettuce is not from Yuma.

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