E.Coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickens two in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Public health officials report that two Illinois residents are among nearly three dozen people affected by a strain of E. coli bacteria in romaine lettuce.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Tuesday on the results of research from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC reports that 32 people in 11 states have been infected with the same Shiga-toxin strain of E. coli.

Officials advise consumers not to eat any types of romaine lettuce, including whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that may contain romaine.