The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says romaine lettuce grown in the U.S. continue to sicken Americans with symptoms related to an E. coli outbreak.
In a news release Thursday afternoon, the CDC reported nine additional victims of illnesses related to the E. coli outbreak, bringing the total to 52 nationwide. No deaths have been reported, but 19 people have been hospitalized related to the outbreak.
"No common grower, supplier, distributor or brand of romeine has been identified," the CDC wrote in its news release.
In California, where officials believe the outbreak is centered. Lettuce not labeled with a grow location.
"The CDC warns." "If the romeine is not labeled, do not buy, serve, sell, or eat it."
People with symptoms of an E. coli infection, such as severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting, who think they might have gotten sick from eating romaine lettuce, should talk to their doctor and report their illness to the health department, "the release continued.
The CDC has investigated the agency's initial announcement of the E. coli outbreak, which urged Americans to avoid all romaine lettuce nationwide.
"CDC is advising that U.S. do not eat any romaine lettuce, and we do not need to sell any more, until we learn more about the outbreak.