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An outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce that has sickened 172 people across 32 states and killed one has arrived in Nebraska.

Omaha-area media outlets reported that the state's sickened person is from Douglas County.

Iowa and Oregon also reported their first lettuce-related E. coli cases in the past week.

The outbreak is blamed on E. coli bacteria in romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona.

At least 75 people have been hospitalized, including 20 with kidney failure. The one death was in California.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the bacteria strain behind the outbreak tends to cause more serious illnesses. Health officials say there is a lag time of two to three weeks between when someone falls ill and when it's reported to the CDC.

The agency says the romaine was last harvested April 16. So, it should no longer be in stores and restaurants because of its three-week shelf life.


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