More people have been sickened by tainted lettuce following a sweeping alert issued Nov. 20, in which people were warned not to eat romaine lettuce after dozens of cases of a virulent form of E. coli were reported. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta issued a recall last week for romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, Calif., saying 40 people had been sickened.

In that week, 27 more have been infected by the strain of E. coli O157:H7, with illnesses now appearing in 19 states.

So far, 39 hospitalizations have been reported, and six people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, the CDC reports. No deaths have been reported.

Although preliminary investigations have traced the lettuce to Salinas, no common grower, supplier, distributor or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified, the CDC said.

If you have romaine lettuce or packaged foods containing romaine at home, look for a label showing where the romaine was grown. It may be printed on the package or on a sticker. If it says “grown in Salinas,” throw it away. If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, throw it away. If you don’t know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix or wrap contains romaine, throw it away.

With so many traveling for Thanksgiving, it’s worthwhile to check which states have reported exposure to E. coli:

Arizona: 3 cases

California: 4 cases

Colorado: 1 case

Idaho: 3 cases

Illinois: 1 case

Maryland: 4 cases

Michigan: 1 case

Montana: 1 case

Nebraska: 1 case

New Jersey: 1 case

New Mexico: 2 cases

Ohio: 12 cases

Oregon: 1 case

Pennsylvania: 3 cases

Texas: 2 cases

Virginia: 2 cases

Washington: 1 case

Wisconsin: 21 cases

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