PHOENIX — Oregon has reported its first case of a person falling ill with E. coli from a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.
Health officials said Wednesday that nearly two dozen more cases have been reported since the last update on May 9, including the first report of sickness in Oregon.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the romaine was grown in Yuma, Arizona and was last harvested April 16. So, it should no longer be in stores and restaurants because of its three-week shelf life.
Health officials say there is a lag time of two to three weeks between when someone falls ill and when it's reported to the CDC.
The total number of people sickened by a strain of E. coli is now 172 across 32 states, according to the CDC. At least 75 people have been hospitalized, including 20 with kidney failure. There was one death, in California.