Health officials have linked the source of the E. coli contaminated romaine lettuce to come from Northern and Central California. However, an additional nine people have fallen ill from the leafy green, bringing the total number up to 52 across 15 states. Nineteen people have been hospitalized, with two developing kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.
Officials are still investigating the outbreak as there has been no common grower, supplier, distributor or brand name of lettuce that has been identified. The CDC is continuing to advise that consumers not eat romaine lettuce that has been harvested from Northern and Central California.