The CDC says that the E. coli outbreak seems to be over

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After almost three months, the romaine lettuce outbreak “seems to be over,” federal health officials announced Wednesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a updated food safety report that “no longer advises people to avoid romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley growing region in California.”

Since November 22, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have told consumers to avoid California lettuce while investigating E. coli outbreaks in several states.

A total of 167 people from 27 states were infected with the E. coli O157: H7 outbreak strain, the CDC said Wednesday.

A total of 85 hospitalizations were reported and 15 people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of renal failure. No deaths were reported, the CDC said.

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“Our investigation is ongoing, and we are trying our best to find the source or sources of contamination,” said Frank Yiannas, deputy commissioner of the FDA for food policy and response. “Research on how this contamination occurred is important, so Romaine lettuce growers can implement measures that prevent future contamination and disease.”

Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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