July 23, 2024

E. coli Outbreak at Oklahoma Youth Expo

Several people are sick with E. coli after attending the Oklahoma Youth Expo in Oklahoma City, OK the week of March 12 – 20, 2014, according to news reports. Several children are hospitalized, and at least one child is in intensive care as a result of the illness. Others have been treated at the hospital and released.

E. coli bacteria 2The Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed through lab  tests that the illnesses are caused by the E. coli bacteria. Public health officials are investigating to try to determine the source of the bacteria.

The bacteria that causes these types of illness are found in the intestinal trays of ruminant animals, such as cows, sheep, and goats. Livestock and food trucks present at the event are also being checked out for any problems.

Attorney Fred Pritzker has represented children and families in lawsuits involving E. coli outbreaks caused by animals. “It is vitally important that no stone be left unturned to find the source of this outbreak,” said attorney Pritzker. “Once the source is known, steps can be taken to adequately compensate the children and their families, and Expo organizers can take measures to prevent future outbreaks.” Pritzker is providing free consultations to parents whose children were sickened in the outbreak. He can be reached at 1-888-377-8900.

If you or anyone you know has been suffering from the symptoms of an E. coli infection, which include vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea that may be watery and/or bloody after attending this event at the state fairgrounds, contact your doctor immediately. An E. coli infection can be very serious, and if hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) develops as a result of the illness, patients can lose kidney function and suffer strokes and seizures.

Only a few E. coli bacteria can cause a serious illness. People may need to be hospitalized if they become dehydrated, while others can recover without any medical attention at all. The symptoms of HUS include low or no urine output, pale skin and easy bruising, a skin rash, bleeding from the nose or mouth, and decreased consciousness. Anyone experiencing these symptoms needs to see a doctor as soon as possible.

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