NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Four more deaths have been linked to a national food poisoning outbreak blamed on tainted Arizona-grown romaine lettuce, bringing the total to five.
The Arizona growing season is long over and it’s unlikely any tainted lettuce is still in stores or people’s homes. But there can be a lag in reporting, and reports of illnesses have continued to come in.READ MORE: 'My Nerves Are Still Rattled': Passenger Aboard Amtrak Train Talks Crash
In an update Friday, health officials said 25 more cases raised the total to 197 illnesses in Texas and 34 other states. At least 89 have been hospitalized.READ MORE: Man, Pregnant Woman & Baby Killed In Crash Along Highway 360; Police Investigating
Previously one death had been reported, in California. On Friday, health officials said they have learned of four more — another in California as well as one each in Arkansas, Minnesota and New York.
Health officials have tied the E. coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona.MORE NEWS: Flash Flooding: Second Body Recovered After Vehicle Swept From Texas Bridge
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