Jail inmates sickened by E. coli infection

    Nome, Alaska (KINY) Authorities have tied the outbreak to contaminated lettuce.

    Alaska health officials said eight inmates at the Nome jail became sick in recent days.  The cases at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center appear to be linked to tainted romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, California.

    The tainted lettuce has affected at least 53 people in 16 states.

    None of the inmates have been hospitalized.  The symptoms have included stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

    State officials put out an alert to urge restaurants, retailers and consumers to ask their suppliers about the source of their lettuce and to throw away any head or chopped lettuce they receive from Yuma.

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