As the investigation continues, public health officials at the CDC and in Idaho are advising against eating pre-chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., growing region until further information is known.
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.
The states where cases have been reported are: Pennsylvania, Idaho, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Missouri, Michigan and IL.
"Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 22, 2018 to March 31, 2018".
However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says no supplier, distributor, grower or brand has been identified. Ill people range in age from 12 to 84 years, with a median age of 29.
Most people get sick from E. coli three to four days after consuming the bacteria. Nor should consumers eat chopped romaine lettuce in restaurants unless they are sure the produce was grown outside the Yuma growing area. All eight report eating romaine lettuce in the 10 days prior to becoming ill. The restaurants reported they used bagged chopped lettuce.
The CDC urged restaurants and retailers to ask their suppliers about the source of their chopped romaine lettuce, and not to sell any chopped romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing it, from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
The symptoms of E. coli include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, according to the CDC. "If you or someone from your family recently ate store-bought chopped romaine lettuce and are experiencing symptoms, please seek medical treatment immediately".
Health officials are investigating a Panera Bread in Phillipsburg, New Jersey after a cluster of E. coli illnesses were reported.