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Feb
11
2019

Understanding the Outbreak

YUMA, ARIZONA - Romaine lettuce accounts for more than 50 percent of the leafy greens we grow in the desert southwest. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March of 2018, 210 people got sick from an E. Coli outbreak. Of that number, 27 were hospitalized and 5 people died.

This was traced back to irrigation water used on a farm in Yuma, Arizona. Eight months later another E. Coli outbreak occurred also from romaine lettuce contamination. This time, 59 people got sick from 15 different states in the U.S. and Canada. No deaths were reported. This outbreak tracing back to cooling facilities in Santa Barbara, California.

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