September 20, 2019

Kentucky E. coli O103 Outbreak Rises to 44 Sick, TN, OH, GA Included

The Kentucky E. coli O103 outbreak has now risen to 44 sick, as of April 3, 2019, according to news reports. Six people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, but there is no mention if any have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can cause strokes. And there are 20 pending cases that are not yet lab-confirmed.

Kentucky E. coli O103 Outbreak Sickens 44

The only official report to date from Kentucky Department of Health lists the outbreak total as 20, but that was posted on Friday, March 29, 2019. This is the largest E. coli outbreak in Kentucky since 2000.

Dr. Mel Bennett, who heads Kentucky’s infectious disease efforts, told WEKU that the outbreak has spread to Tennessee, Ohio, and Georgia. We do not know how many people are sickened in each of those states. Officials still think that some type of food distribution service, possible fast food outlets, may be the source of the pathogen.

Fred Pritzker and Ryan Osterholm

You can call Fred or Ryan for help if you think you are part of this E. coli O103 outbreak, at 1-888-377-8900.

Food safety attorney Fred Pritzker said, “This outbreak is growing quickly, and since it can take a couple of weeks for new cases to be diagnosed, it may keep growing.” Lawyer Ryan Osterholm added, “If this outbreak is linked to fast food, there could be many people sick. Please see a doctor if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection.”

Officials have narrowed down the focus of their investigation to beef, chicken, and sliced American cheese. Testing the food takes time, and they may not have answers for a week or two.

Each patient sickened in this outbreak will be interviewed, if they agree, and that can take about an hour for each person. In addition, officials have to collect and test food, and conduct environmental investigations if any specific restaurants are named by those interviewed.

The symptoms of an E. coli infection include painful and severe stomach and abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that is typically bloody and/or watery. If you or anyone you know has been ill with these symptoms, and you live in those four states, see your doctor.

Bad Bug Law Team | Pritzker Law Firm

If you or a loved one have been sickened with a an E. coli O103 infection or HUS and live in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, or Georgia, please contact our experienced attorneys for help at 1-888-377-8900.

Pritzker Hageman, America’s food safety law firm presents and helps people who have been sickened by contaminated food. We get answers, compensation for those who have been injured, and justice through our work. Our lawyers represent families of children sickened with bacterial infections in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against retailers, grocery stores, food processors, restaurants, daycare centers, schools, and others. Attorney Fred Pritzker and his team won $7.5 million for young client whose kidneys failed because of hemolytic uremic syndrome after an E. coli O157:H7 infection. Please note that class action lawsuits are usually not appropriate for outbreak victims because these types of cases are very unique.


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