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Deadly bacteria invading Illinois

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) --  A deadly outbreak of E.coli has made at least 60 people sick in more than a dozen states, including Illinois. 

Romaine lettuce is to blame. The bacteria killed one person in the U.S. and another in Canada. So Consumer Reports is advising people not to eat romaine lettuce. 

The warning comes after dozens of cases of E. coli across 13 states and Canada in the last several weeks. Experts say this is a bad strain and can make you very sick.

Consumer reports issued the warning after Canadian officials linked the outbreak to romaine. People usually get sick from E.coli a few days after eating contaminated food. They develop diarrhea and stomach cramps.

The C.D.C. says because it's so widespread, they can't pinpoint where it's coming from. So there are no recalls of the lettuce in stores. But there is a simple solution: don't eat romaine lettuce.

Rinsing fruits and vegetables is always a good idea, but health experts say E. coli isn't easily washed away.

This type of E. coli bacteria doesn't usually cause fevers, so doctors say that be misleading when trying to diagnose the illness.


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