July 20, 2018

Minnesota, California, Pennsylvania, and Idaho Hardest Hit by E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce; Some May Sue

The E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce is the largest of its kind since 2006. As of May 8, 2018, 149 people living in 29 states are sick. Sixty-four people have been hospitalized, and seventeen have developed HUS. One person, who lived in California, has died. The states that are hardest hit are Minnesota, California, Pennsylvania, and Idaho. Most patients ate chopped romaine lettuce before their illnesses began. In Minnesota, 10 people are sick. California has the largest number of case patients, with 30 ill. In Pennsylvania, 20 people are sick. And in Idaho, there are 11 people with this infection. Public health officials have still not figured out exactly which farm or farms the lettuce came from. One, Harrison Farms in Yuma, Arizona, grew some of … [Read more...]

Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Grows to 149 Sick; Lawsuits Filed

The E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce has grown again. Now 149 people are sick in 29 states. Of the 129 of those 149 who have been interviewed, 64, or 50%, have been hospitalized because they are so sick. Seventeen people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a type of kidney failure that is a complication of this type of infection. One death was reported in California. Lawsuits have been filed in this outbreak. Since the last update on May 2, 2018, 28 more ill persons have been added to the outbreak total. Four more states have been added too: Minnesota, Florida, North Dakota, and Texas. The case count by state is: Alaska (8), Arizona (8), California (30), Colorado (2), Connecticut (2), Florida (1), Georgia (5), Idaho (11), Illinois (2), … [Read more...]

Ten People Sickened in Minnesota E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce: Lawsuits Possible

Ten people are sick in a Minnesota E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce, according to a press release issued by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Those patients are not counted in the 121 case count total sickened nationwide in the update that the CDC issued last week. Three of the patients have been hospitalized in this Minnesota E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak; two have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. The cases are from both the metro area and greater Minnesota counties. Ninety percent of the patients are female. Fred Pritzker, a noted food safety attorney with officers in Minneapolis said, "This case count puts Minnesota in the group of states most affected by this serious outbreak. Everyone should be aware of … [Read more...]

Lawyer Investigates: How Did Romaine Lettuce Get Contaminated in the E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak?

The E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona has baffled investigators. One farm, Harrison Farms in Yuma, has been named as the source of lettuce that sickened eight people in Alaska. But other than issuing a blanket warning about romaine harvested in the Yuma region, no distributors, farms, processors, or stores have been named. As of May 2, 2018, there are 121 people sick in this outbreak. Fifty-two people have been hospitalized. Fourteen have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. And one person, who lived in California, died. Briefly, the New Jersey Department of Health named a restaurant that may have served some of the romaine lettuce that made people sick. But the CDC and FDA have not named that … [Read more...]

Deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to Romaine Reaches North Dakota; Lawyer Explains Why Outbreak May Grow

The deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region has reached North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) issued a press release that states one person in that state is now part of this outbreak. That brings the number of states with outbreak case patients to 26. A second case in North Dakota may be associated with this outbreak; officials are still investigating. Nationally, more than 120 people are sick in this outbreak. At least 52 people have been hospitalized, and fourteen have been diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). One person, who lived in California, has died. Officials did not say how old the patient from North Dakota is, or where he or she lived. The illness onset date was also … [Read more...]

Will Washing Romaine Lettuce Remove E. coli O157:H7?

The multistate E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region has sickened at least 121 people in 25 states. This is a serious outbreak. More than 50 people have been hospitalized. Fourteen of those people have been diagnosed with HUS, a complication of this infection that can cause kidney failure. And one person in California has died. Consumers are asking questions about this outbreak; namely, how can they protect themselves and their families? One of the questions is: will washing romaine lettuce and other produce eliminate the pathogenic bacteria? The answer is, unfortunately, no. There are several reasons for this. First, it only takes 10 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria to make a person very sick. That tiny amount … [Read more...]

Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 HUS Linked to Romaine Investigated by Lawyers

The FDA has weighed in on the multistate E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. Now 121 people in 25 states are sick. Fifty-two people are in the hospital, and 14 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a kind of kidney failure. One person in California has died. Lawyers are asking:  how did the romaine lettuce get contaminated? The FDA has received confirmation from the Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement that is administered by the Arizona Department of Agriculture that romaine lettuce is no longer being grown and distributed form the Yuma growing region. The product, however, has a 21-day shelf life, so officials can't be sure that the lettuce from this region is not in the supply chain. Public … [Read more...]

Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Has Sickened 121; One Death Reported From California

The multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 HUS infections that is linked to romaine lettuce has grown again. Now 121 people in 25 states have been sickened by this pathogenic bacteria. One person, in California, has died. Fifty two people, or 51% of the patients, have been hospitalized. Fourteen people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Twenty-three more ill persons from 10 states were added since the last update last week. Three more states have been added to the case count: Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Utah. Investigators are still searching for the source of lettuce that sickened most of these patients. They identified Harrison Farms in Yuma, Arizona as the source of whole romaine heads that sickened eight people at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Facility in … [Read more...]

Lawsuits Filed: Why Is This Romaine E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak So Severe?

The E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region has had a surprising number of hospitalized patients. Normally, this type of illness outbreak has a hospitalization rate of about 20 to 30%. In this outbreak more than half of those sickened and interviewed have been hospitalized. E. coli O157:H7 bacteria produce several types of Shiga toxins. Those toxins are extremely damaging to the body. In fact, STX is one of the most potent bacterial toxins known to man. In this E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak, the bacteria is producing the Shiga toxin 2 (STX2), which causes more serious illness. This bacteria is similar to the large outbreak in 2006 that was linked to fresh spinach when 200 people were sickened. We don't know if the STX in … [Read more...]

FDA Identifies One Farm Where Some of the Romaine in E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Was Grown

The FDA has identified one farm that grew some of the romaine lettuce linked to an E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that has sickened almost 100 people in 22 states. That facility is Harrison Farms of Yuma, Arizona. Lettuce grown there sickened inmates at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome, Alaska. The FDA notice also states that they have "not determined where in the supply chain the contamination occurred." In other words, the lettuce could have been contaminated in the field, during harvest or processing, during packaging, or during shipping. The lettuce in question harvested from Harrison Farms was picked March 5 - 16, 2018 and is past its 21-day shelf life. And the growing season in the Yuma region has ended, so the farm is not growing any lettuce … [Read more...]

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