July 17, 2019

Pritzker Hageman Files First AZ I.M. Healthy E. coli HUS Lawsuit

The law firm of Pritzker Hageman has filed the first Arizona lawsuit in the I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter E. coli O157:H7 - hemolytic uremic syndrome outbreak on behalf of a child. The lawsuit was filed on March 23, 2017 (Case : 1:17-cv-02233) in the United District Court Northern District of Illinois. The client in this case, minor child M.R., contracted a nearly-fatal E. coli O157:H7 infection after eating contaminated soy nut butter manufactured and sold by The SoyNut Butter Company. That infection developed into the complication hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which destroys the kidneys and can cause serious injury. The lawsuit alleges that the child, who attends a day care facility in Flagstaff, Arizona, consumed some of the SoyNut Butter in early January. On or about January … [Read more...]

E. coli, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome and Platelet Transfusion

There is an ongoing controversy in the medical community about the safety of platelet transfusions in patients who have platelet consumptive disorders like hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), but an analysis of patients with E. coli O104:H4 infections who developed HUS suggests that platelet transfusions may be safe in adult HUS patients (Benke).  Previous studies have suggested that platelet transfusions may be harmful to patients who have thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura (TTP),  another platelet consumptive disorder very similar to HUS. In the study, researchers analyzed an E. coli O104:H4 outbreak that occurred in Germany during the summer of 2011. Thousands were sickened in that outbreak. About 30% of those patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which was triple the … [Read more...]

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, within … [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. That's why you need to know the signs of an E. coli infection. 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. So parents need to know the signs of an E. coli infection. 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, … [Read more...]

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