Colonies of E. coli bacteria grown on a Hektoen enteric (HE) agar plate are seen in a microscopic image courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). (CDC/Handout via REUTERS)
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Four more deaths have been linked to a national food poisoning outbreak blamed on tainted lettuce, bringing the total to five.Health officials have tied the E. coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona. In an update Friday on the nation's largest E. coli outbreak in a decade, health officials said 25 more cases have been added, raising the total number of illnesses to 197 in 35 states. Many of the new cases were people who became ill two to three weeks ago, when contaminated lettuce was still being sold.
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