CDC declares end to nationwide E. coli outbreak: 4 things to know

The CDC on June 28 confirmed an end to the nationwide  E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

Here are four things to know:

  1. The outbreak sickened 210 people across 36 states.
  2. Ninety-six people were hospitalized, including 27 individuals who developed kidney failure.
  3. Five deaths were reported in Arkansas, California, Minnesota and New York.

Health officials believe contaminated water from irrigation canals in Yuma Valley, Ariz., may be the cause of the outbreak, although the FDA is still investigating how E. coli entered the water.

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