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A map from the CDC shows the distribution of people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7, by state of residence, as of November 19.

Health officials in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday told people to avoid eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak.

Consumers are urged to throw away any and all forms of romaine lettuce in their homes and wash and sanitize any surface where the lettuce was stored.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 8, 2018 to October 31, 2018. As of Tuesday, the grower, supplier, distributor and brand of the infected lettuce is not known, the CDC said. Thirteen were hospitalized, including one person who developed a type of kidney failure.

The FDA says it's working with officials in Canada, where officials are also warning against romaine lettuce. The CDC told consumers to dispose of any romaine lettuce that has been purchased.

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The cases range in states all over the country, with the most concentrated area in California.

Additionally, FDA and states are conducting laboratory analysis of romaine lettuce samples potentially linked to the outbreak.

'This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available'. Pregnant women, those with weakened immune systems, young children and older adults are the demographics who are most at risk for developing serious complications due to E. coli-related illness. "The quick and aggressive steps we're taking today are aimed at making sure we get ahead of this emerging outbreak, to reduce risk to consumers, and to help people protect themselves and their families", Gottlieb added.

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