Locally, seven people were reported sick in New Jersey and two people were found with E. coli in NY, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Three more states - Iowa, Nebraska, and OR - have also reported cases, the CDC said.
The good news is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that lettuce harvest season is over in the Yuma, Arizona growing region which was linked to the outbreak. The most recent illnesses reported to CDC started when romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region was likely still available in stores, restaurants, and in peoples' homes.
The bad news is that health officials in OH and Pennsylvania have reported more cases of E. coli linked to the lettuce.
It is not safe to buy and consume romaine lettuce again. So, it should no longer be in stores and restaurants because of its three-week shelf life. That's an addition of 23 more ill persons since the last update 7 days ago.
Ill people range in age from 1 to 88 years, with a median age of 29. Information still indicates that romaine lettuce was from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This E. coli outbreak has been considered as the largest in the USA which has shattered the families and people have been admitted to hospital due to bacteria spread causing infection and chronic health problems. The popular variety of lettuce has been linked to a widespread E. coli outbreak since last month, but the CDC said the contaminated lettuce may have passed its expiration date. California, however, has the highest number of E. coli infection cases at 39 victims, followed by Pennsylvania at 21 victims. The death in California remains the only one in this outbreak. The strain of E. coli, known as O157:H7, produces a Shiga toxin that can affect people seriously, causing diarrhea and vomiting and in severe cases kidney failure.
"I'm the Mueller of the E. coli outbreak", Marler says.