Texas is now tied to the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

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That brings the total to 149 victims in 29 states, but there have been no additional deaths.

People get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli an average of 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ. Grocers and restaurant owners are encouraged to pull all romaine lettuce from their offerings unless they know where it was grown, and that it's safe for human consumption.

As of the May 9 update from the Centers of Disease Control, 64 people have been hospitalized with kidney infections. Two out of three have been women.

"This percentage is significantly higher than results from a survey of healthy people in which 46 percent reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before they were interviewed", the CDC said. If you can't confirm where that lettuce came from, throw it out.

Super One owner Miner's Inc. contacted its suppliers when word of illnesses linked to romaine lettuce first was reported nationally in early April, Miner said.

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This all stems from romaine lettuce grown in or near Yuma, Arizona.

The number of people infected by the romaine lettuce could still increase, due to cases after April 17.

"You're looking at more of a web", Dr. Stic Harris, director of the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration's Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network, said at the time.

Consumers are being warned not to eat or buy romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, as contaminated lettuce could still be in homes, stores and restaurants.

Harris stressed that other area farms could also be affected.

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The FDA has identified one farm as the source of the whole-head romaine lettuce that sickened several people at a correctional facility in Alaska.

About 135 cases of E. coli are reported in Minnesota each year, according to the MDH.

CDC says antibiotics are not recommended for patients with E. coli infections until diagnostic testing is performed and E. coli O157: H7 is ruled out. This includes lettuce in a salad mix. Sixty-three percent of ill people are female.

Since the CDC's last update on May 2, the outbreak has spread to four new states including Minnesota, Florida, North Dakota and Texas. One person in California has died from E. coli linked to romaine lettuce.

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