December 8, 2016

Carbon E. coli Outbreak: 50 Sick, 14 Hospitalized

The E. coli outbreak linked to Carbon Live Fire Mexican grill has expanded to include 50 people, hospitalizing 14 of them, according to a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Public Health. The restaurant, located at 300 W. 26th Street in the South Side Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, has been closed until the investigation is complete. The food source of the outbreak has not yet been identified. Health officials urge anyone who ate restaurant and develops symptoms of an E. coli infection which include abdominal cramping and diarrhea that can be bloody, to seek medical attention and mention exposure to shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC). E. coli infections should not be treated with antibiotics or anti-diarrheal medications as they can worsen symptoms or cause … [Read more...]

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome: The Danger E. coli Poses for Children

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) is a life-threatening complication of E. coli infections that primarily affects young children. HUS causes kidney failure, seizure, stroke, coma and death. Because March is Kidney Month, it’s a good time to learn the risks and symptoms of HUS. With about 7,500 cases reported n the United States each year, HUS from E. coli infections is the most common cause of serious kidney injury in children and the most common cause of E. coli deaths.  And most E. coli infections in children are caused by contaminated food or drinks. "Most of the nation does not realize how hard foodborne illness hits young children.  HUS is a devastating disease that routinely causes permanent kidney damage.  It can even cause a child to require a kidney transplant," said food … [Read more...]

First Lawsuit Filed Against Pizza Ranch After E. coli Outbreak

The first lawsuit against Pizza Ranch has been filed, following a recent E. coli outbreak that sickened 13 people in nine states. A national food safety law firm is representing the family of a 7-year-old girl who battled hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) from her E. coli infection during a two-week hospitalization. The suit was filed today, March 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas (Case No. 2:16-cv-02170) The Kansas girl was one of two children sickened in this outbreak to develop HUS, a complication from E. coli infections that most often affects children under 10. About 15 percent of children with E. coli infections develop HUS, which causes blood cells to become misshapen and to die prematurely, clogging the kidneys causing kidney failure, … [Read more...]

North Dakota E. coli Outbreak at Red River Valley Fair

An E. coli outbreak at the Red River Valley Fair in West Fargo is being investigated by the North Dakota Department of Health. Three children, all under the age of 18, are sick with this bacteria. The fair was held July 7 through July 12, 2015. One of the children has been diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of a shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection. With HUS, red blood cells are damaged by shiga toxins. Those faulty cells then travel to the kidneys and cause damage that can lead to kidney failure. Michelle Feist, an epidemiologist with the Division of Disease Control said in a statement, "we are in the early stages of this investigation and are asking people who become sick with diarrhea or bloody diarrhea for more than 24 hours, … [Read more...]

South Carolina Updates E. coli Outbreak at Learning Vine Daycare

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has updated their investigation into the E. coli outbreak associated with The Learning Vine daycare in Greenwood County. As of June 8, 2015, there are eight confirmed cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.  The announcement states, "at this time, no other facility is included as part of this ongoing investigation." Last week, officials announced that two-year-old Myles Mayfield died of complications from an E. coli infection. While no announcement has linked the toddler's death to the daycare center, this is the only known E. coli outbreak in that state at this time. Daycare facilities in Greenwood, Laurens, and Abbeville Counties are being kept informed about the investigation and the outbreak. Noted attorney Fred … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak at The Learning Vine Daycare in South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed seven cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli associated with The Learning Vine daycare facility in Greenwood, South Carolina. That facility is located at 101 Overland Drive in Greenwood. The facility has closed voluntarily and staff has been cooperating with public health officials. A 2-year-old boy, Myles Mayfield, died May 31, 2015 from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a complication of an E. coli infection. The statement from DHEC does not mention Myles, but lab cultures have confirmed that four of the E. coli cases associated with that facility are from the same strain of bacteria. Two people are currently hospitalized. State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell said in a statement, "our primary concern … [Read more...]

Possible E. coli Outbreak at Silliman School in Louisiana

Silliman Institute in Clinton, Louisiana may have experienced an E. coli outbreak, according to WBRZ. The school has been closed since March 31, 2015 and will extend its Easter break through Monday, April 6, 2015. The statement on the school's website states, "Silliman is closed Tuesday, March 31st and Wednesday, April 1st to extend the Easter break that is scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd through Monday, April 6th. We will resume regular schedule Tuesday, April 7th unless otherwise notified." There is no information about the possible outbreak on the Silliman web site and nothing on the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals web site. News reports state that as many as 18 students are suffering from diarrhea and vomiting, and are being tested for E. coli and norovirus. Other … [Read more...]

Parents Need to Know the Signs of an E. coli Infection

Parents are responsible for their children's health. This can sometimes feel overwhelming, but with a little knowledge you can make sure your child gets the best possible care if he gets sick. Food poisoning is quite common in the United States and around the world. One out of every six people in this country will contract food poisoning this year. Most people think of these infections as the "24 hour flu" and most get better without medical treatment. But thousands get sick enough to be hospitalized, and thousands die from their infections. There are several different kinds of bacteria that cause these illnesses: Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes, and E. coli. E. coli O157:H7 and other strains of E. coli can cause serious illness, especially in children. These … [Read more...]

Source of Oregon E. coli Cases is Not Otis Restaurant, But What Is?

An Otis, Oregon restaurant is not the source of E. coli poisoning that has put a 5-year-old boy in the hospital with kidney failure and taken the life of his of 4-year-old friend, Lincoln County health officials said yesterday in a statement. All tests for E. coli on samples taken from the restaurant where the friends shared a turkey sandwich Labor Day weekend were negative. Brad Sutton, 5, has been on dialysis for a week as he battles kidney failure from E. coli-induced hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a complication affecting 10 to 15 percent of children with E. coli infections. "HUS is the most common cause of kidney injury to children," said Ryan Osterholm, a food safety attorney. About 50 percent of children with HUS develop kidney failure, he said. It also causes seizure, stroke, … [Read more...]

Kentucky E.coli Outbreak Sickens 6 Children

An E.coli outbreak in Kentucky has sickened six children,  four of whom are hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a spokeswoman for the state department for public health said today. The children range in age from 18 months to 6 years old, said Gwenda Bond, Assistant Communications Director for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The cases include a pair of siblings and two other children from Hardin County, one child from Oldham County and one child from Boone County. A case from Nelson county was also recently reported but is not believed to be part of the outbreak. The newly reported Boone County case patient is not hospitalized and does have HUS, the life-threatening complication  of some E.coli infections that can cause kidney failure, stroke, … [Read more...]

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