CDC ALERT: Throw out your chopped romaine lettuce!

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ATLANTA (KKTV) - The CDC is urging consumers to throw out their chopped romaine lettuce immediately.

Fifty-three people have fallen ill, with 31 hospitalized, as an outbreak of an E. coli strain spreads to more states nationwide. The CDC believes the culprit is romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region.

They are advising people anywhere in the United States to toss their store-bought romaine lettuce in the trash, even if they've eaten some of it already and not gotten sick.

-"Consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.

-Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, confirm with the store or restaurant that it is not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. If you cannot confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it."-From the CDC website

So far, no cases in Colorado have been reported, but CDC says anyone in the country is at risk.

Five of the 31 hospitalized have developed kidney failure.