July 23, 2014

E. coli Wrongful Death Takes Community Volunteer in Alabama

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The Alabama E. coli death of a 71-year-old man who served as a volunteer in his community is at the center of a food poisoning outbreak in Morgan County that remains under investigation. The E. coli infections have been associated with a luncheon hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (ACES). The Alabama Department of Public Health has promised to release a summary of its investigation when the outbreak report is final. The deceased man, Clarence Hampton, was a senior companion volunteer for the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama in Decatur. The leader of that organization, Chief Executive Officer Michael Tubbs, has said that at least 24 employees and volunteers of the group fell sick after the luncheon. Hampton's sister said she was one of the attendees who … [Read more...]

Oklahoma E. Coli Outbreak Investigated

Cow State Fair

Dr. Lauri Smithee, Acute Disease Service Director of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, spoke to Food Poisoning Bulletin and confirmed that an E. coli outbreak is associated with the Oklahoma Youth Expo held at the Oklahoma state fairgrounds in March 2014. Twelve people are sick, in various stages of confirmation. Four people have been confirmed ill with E. coli infections through lab tests. Two children are sick with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and are hospitalized. One is two years old; the other is eight. The investigation is still broad. Initial cases were reported following a livestock show, but more recent patients said they have had animal contact, but not at that particular show. Right now investigators are concentrating on case control studies and PFGE matches to … [Read more...]

One Child Still Hospitalized in NC E. coli Outbreak

HUS E. coli can be life-threatening

Late in December there was a report of an E. coli outbreak in Davidson County, North Carolina  that sickened three children. Two of the three were hospitalized with symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome. A report was released yesterday that stated one child is still hospitalized. Two of the three children were students at the Tyro Middle School in Lexington. A message posted at the school's website states, "if you child or an adult has the symptoms of an E. coli infection, please contact your medical provider and share the information in this notification with them." Symptoms of an E. coli infection include severe watery and/or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, severe cramps, and a low fever. One complication of an E. coli infection, HUS, can destroy the kidneys. Medical treatment is always … [Read more...]

E. coli and Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Outbreak in Davidson County, NC: 2 Tyro Middle School Students Hospitalized

E coli HUS

The source of the E. coli O157 outbreak in Davidson County, North Carolina, is still unknown. Two children who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) have been hospitalized, both of them students at Tyro Middle School. HUS is a severe complication of an E. coli infection that causes kidney failure and a host of other serious medical problems, including stroke, heart failure, diabetes and pancreatitis. HUS can be fatal. "E. coli outbreaks are most often caused by food contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Even a small bite of food containing these deadly pathogens can cause serious illness or death," said attorney Fred Pritzker, a national E. coli lawyer who represents children with E. coli and HUS. "E. coli can also be caused by animal contact at a petting zoo or fair, and my … [Read more...]

Three Children with E. coli O157 Infections in NC

HUS E. coli can be life-threatening

The Davidson County Health Department in North Carolina is now investigating three cases of E. coli O157 infections in children who live in that area. They say that two Tyro Middle School students have been hospitalized with severe, bloody diarrhea, a symptom of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication of an E. coli infection. Another child has been identified with E. coli, but that child has not been hospitalized and attends a different school. Monecia Thomas, Davidson County Health Department Health Director said in a statement, "we are asking anyone in the community who has been sick during the month of December with severe or bloody diarrhea to please call the Davidson County Health Department at 336-242-2300. If you are still sick, please seek medical care." Transmission of E. … [Read more...]

Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Trader Joe’s Salads

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The CDC has updated its investigation of the multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O15:H7 infections linked to ready-to-eat salads. As of November 10, 2013, 26 people in 3 states are ill with the outbreak strain of the bacteria. The patient case count is: Arizona (1), California (22), and Washington state (3). Six, or 28%, of ill persons have been hospitalized. Two people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). No deaths have been reported. The PFGE pattern in this outbreak is new to the PulseNet database. Epidemiologic and traceback investigations conducted by public health officials have found that two ready-to-eat salads produced by Glass Onion Catering and sold at Trader's Joe's grocery stores are one likely source of the pathogenic bacteria. The salads … [Read more...]

CDC Announces Trader Joe’s Salads E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

MN E. coli O111 outbreak

The CDC has just announced the multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to ready to eat salads sold at Trader Joe's stores, among others. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) testing has found that two ready-to-eat salads, Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken, and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken, both sold at Trader Joe's grocery stores, are one likely source of this outbreak. The STEC O157:H7 PFGE pattern in this outbreak is new to the PulseNet database and has never been seen before, according to the CDC statement. A total of 26 people infected with the outbreak strain of this bacteria have been reported in three states. The case count is as follows: Arizona (1), California (22), and Washington (3). Illness onset dates … [Read more...]

E. coli and Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Linked to Dehn’s Pumpkin Patch, MN Lawyer Investigating

Goat E. coli

Minnesota E. coli lawyer Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team are investigating the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to animals at Dehn's Pumpkin Patch in Dayton, MN, that has sickened 3 children. One of them developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe complication of an E. coli infection that causes kidney failure, which can lead to a host of other medical problems, including seizures, coma, stroke, multiple organ failure, heart attack, and pancreatitis. "Most parents are not aware that children can contract E. coli from animal contact," said Pritzker, who recently won a case for a child who contracted E. coli-HUS after contact with a llama at a Minnesota petting zoo. "It is the responsibility of petting zoo owners to make sure the animals are kept clean and that there are … [Read more...]

Marin County E. coli-HUS Outbreak That Sickened 6 in September Still under Investigation

PFGE Explained with CDC Infographic

In mid September 6 people, including 4 children, in Marin County, Calif., ate something that was contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Four of these E. coli victims were hospitalized, two of them children who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Both of these children are out of the hospital, but they will have to live with the long-term risks associated with HUS for the duration of their lives, according to Fred Pritzker, a food safety lawyer who represents people in E. coli and HUS in lawsuits against restaurants, food processors and others. People in three Marin County cities were sickened: Tiburon (3 cases); Inverness (1 case);San Anselmo (1 case); and San Rafael (1 case). The outbreak is still being investigated by County of Marin Health and Human Services and the California … [Read more...]

Burma Superstar E. coli Outbreak Probed in San Francisco

Burma Superstar E. coli

At least 14 people have been sickened in San Francisco with E. coli O157:H7, including nine who ate at the popular Burma Superstar restaurant in the Inner Richmond neighborhood earlier this month. The E. coli outbreak, now under investigation by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and California Department of Public Health, prompted owner Desmond Tan to close the establishment for Labor Day weekend. At least one person has been hospitalized with kidney failure from a life-threatening complication of toxic E. coli infection known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS. According to health department records, the investigation was first announced earlier this week with a public health alert that eight cases of presumptive Escherichia coli O157 had been reported, with one … [Read more...]

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