Third death con­firmed from tainted spinach

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - World -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) —An el­derly Ne­braska wo­man who died in late Au­gust was in­fected with E. coli af­ter eat­ing fresh spinach, bring­ing to three the num­ber of peo­ple who have per­ished in a North Amer­i­can out­break of the bac­te­ria, health of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

The 84-year-old wo­man ate spinach con­tam­i­nated with the same strain of E. coli that has sick­ened at least 190 other peo­ple across the United States and Canada, state health of­fi­cials and her fam­ily’s lawyer said.

The U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion con­firmed the wo­man’s death was linked to the out­break.

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion lifted a two-week con­sumer warn­ing on fresh spinach. On Wed­nes­day, the FBI searched two Cal­i­for­nia pro­duce com­pa­nies for ev­i­dence of pos­si­ble en­vi­ron­men­tal-law vi­o­la­tions.

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