If you don't know whether or not the chopped romaine lettuce you may have purchased came from the suspected region, just throw it out, even if someone has eaten some of the product and has not gotten sick.
In the Northeastern megalopolis, Pennsylvania has nine cases, neighboring New Jersey has seven, NY and CT have two each.
The state is continuing to work with local health partners to identify, interview and obtain lab specimens from New Jersey residents who may have become ill from the contaminated food.
"Some people may not be included in CDC's case count because no bacterial isolates are available for the DNA fingerprinting needed to link them to the outbreak". The patients are between 12 and 84 years old.More news: New Gaza protests on Israel border after deadly violence
The chopped romaine lettuce outbreak is not related to the E. coli O157: H7 outbreak involving leafy greens that began in late 2017 and was officially closed out on January 25, 2018.
If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection or HUS after consuming food and you're interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation. Most people reported eating a salad at a restaurant, and romaine lettuce was the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten.
The chopped romaine lettuce has been consumed at restaurants and at people's homes. They should also track the foods they've eaten and restaurants they've eaten in the week prior to becoming ill. But most of us can survive E. coli food poisoning after 5-7 miserable days of the above symptoms.
Idaho public health officials are investigating the outbreak, which has spread nationwide and affects at least 10 other states.
An outbreak of E. coli infections has stretched across several states, prompting an investigation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.