July 22, 2018

Tennessee E. coli Outbreak That Sickened 15 Children Had Two Sources; Lawsuits Possible

The E. coli O157 outbreak in Knox County, Tennessee that sickened fifteen children had two sources, according to the Knox County Health Department. Fifteen confirmed cases were reported to KCHD in the last several weeks in this Tennessee E. coli outbreak. Nine of those children were hospitalized because they were so sick in this Tennessee E. coli outbreak. Seven patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. Of the children who were hospitalized, one remains in fair condition at Tennessee Children's Hospital. Lab reports confirmed that two different strains of E. coli O157 bacteria caused these illnesses. KCHD Director Dr. Martha Buchanan said in a statement, "“While it is rare, it appears we had two sets of children sickened by two different strains … [Read more...]

Romaine Lettuce E. coli Lawsuit Filed As Huge Outbreak That Sickened 210 Ends

Romaine lettuce E. coli lawsuit has been filed as the huge outbreak linked to the leafy green ends. "This isn't the first time ready-to-eat produce has been linked to a deadly E. coli O157 outbreak," said Fred Pritzker, attorney and food safety expert, "but it is the largest outbreak of its kind since 2006." Two hundred ten people were sickened in this outbreak. And worse, 27 people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. On June 28, 2018 the FDA stated that an environmental assessment in the Yuma, Arizona growing region, where officials think the contaminated lettuce is from, found the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 in Canada water. The pathogenic bacteria has the same genetic fingerprint as the bacteria isolated in patient samples. Officials also … [Read more...]

E. coli O157 Outbreak Associated with Raw Milk in Knox County, TN; Several Attended A Kids Place; Lawsuits Possible

The Knox County Health Department is still investigating a cluster of E. coli O157 cases in children that are "likely associated" with consumption of raw milk and contact with farm animals. More than 10 illnesses have been reported to the KCHD. All are among children. One new development is that several of those sick children attended A Kids Place, a childcare facility in Mascot, Tennessee. Last week a report was received telling officials about that illness. KCHD reviewed the case lab report. The news update states, "Several other cases reported attending A Kids Place, Inc. During the investigation, exposure to ruminant farm animals was identified as a potential source of infection. All cases were among an age group that was housed in one portion of the facility. That portion is … [Read more...]

Lawyer Says: It’s June 2018 and There Have Been Nine Food Poisoning Outbreaks So Far

This has been a busy year for foodborne illness lawyers. It's only the beginning of June, and there have already been nine major food poisoning outbreaks in the United States. The outbreaks caused by Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria include the huge outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. In that outbreak, almost 200 people have been sickened. Eighty-nine people have been hospitalized because their illnesses have been so severe. Twenty-six people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. And five people have died. Just this week an E. coli O157 outbreak was announced in Tennessee. Ten children are sick, and four are hosptialized in serious condition with hemolytic uremic syndrome. Officials think that raw milk from French Broad Farm in Knoxville caused those … [Read more...]

E. coli Lawyer Discusses Romaine Lettuce Outbreak

E. coli lawyer Fred Pritzker is representing people sickened in the deadly E. coli O157:H7 (STEC) HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. We asked him about the outbreak. "With almost 200 people sickened across the country, this is the largest E. coli outbreak of 2018," says attorney Pritzker. Eighty-nine people sickened in the outbreak have been hospitalized. "The CDC is reporting 26 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, referred to as HUS, associated with this outbreak. HUS damages the kidneys and often causes renal failure," says Pritzker. "The pain and suffering associated with these cases is off the charts." Five people have died, and Pritzker says these families should contact an E. coli lawyer about a wrongful death lawsuit. The … [Read more...]

E. coli O157 Outbreak HUS in Tennessee Associated with Raw Milk, Animals at French Broad Farm in Knoxville; Lawsuits May Be Filed

An E. coli O157 outbreak in the Knoxville, Tennessee area has sickened several children and has hospitalized four. Most of the children are "known to have consumed raw milk from a local cow-share dairy," according to a media release issued by the Knox County Health Department (KCHD). Because of this outbreak, KCHD is advising the public not to consume any raw milk or any other unpasteurized products from French Broad Farm in Knoxville, Tennessee at this time. Public health officials are also recommending that consumers discard all raw milk and any unpasteurized products they may have purchased from this farm. It's a good idea to clean your fridge well with a mild bleach solution after you discard the raw milk. The farm is not currently operating, so any further exposure to farm … [Read more...]

Five Now Dead in E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce; Lawsuits Filed

The huge and deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce has grown to include 197 people sick. Of those, 89 people have been hospitalized, and 26 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. And five people are now dead. Twenty-five more ill persons have been added to the case count number since the last update on May 16 2018. Three more states have been added: Arkansas, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. The deaths are from Arkansas (1), Minnesota (2), and New York (1). The other person who died lives in California. The case count by state is: Alaska (8), Arkansas (1), Arizona (9), California (45), Colorado (3), Connecticut (2), Florida (1), Georgia (5), Idaho (11), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (5), Minnesota … [Read more...]

FDA Investigates E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to Romaine; No Answers

The FDA is still investigating the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce, but has not found answers yet. One of the issues is record keeping; the other is the perishable nature of the product. Any of the lettuce that made people so sick has been through the food chain already. That means the product was not available for testing after people were diagnosed. The immediate risk may be over, but outbreaks like this one will happen again. This was the largest deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak in this country in more than 10 years. The numbers will be updated later today, but for now, 172 people are sick; 45% of those patients have been hospitalized. Twenty people have developed HUS, and one person has died. Many lawsuits have been filed, mostly … [Read more...]

FDA and Lawyer Explain Why Deadly Romaine E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Is Unsolved

The FDA has issued a report on the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce. A least 172 people in 32 states are sick in this outbreak. One person in California has died, 75 people have been hospitalized, and 20 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. While FDA officials have identified Harrison Farms of Yuma, Arizona as the grower and sole source of the whole-head romaine that sickened eight in the Anvil Mountain Correctional Facility in Nome Alaska, they do not know where in the supply chain the contamination occurred. It could have been in the fields, during harvest, during processing, or during transport. The issue in this outbreak is that the romaine lettuce that would have made people sick wasn't available at exposure locations when ill people … [Read more...]

Patients Diagnosed with HUS in the E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Live in CA, ID, MN, and PA

In the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, 17 people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. That potentially deadly complication can occur in about 5 to 10% of patients in every Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) outbreak. But in this outbreak, which has sickened 149 people in 29 states and has hosptialized 54, the HUS rate is 13% which is quite high. This could be because there are children, who are more likely to develop HUS than adults, among the patients. Where do those HUS patients live? We contacted the health departments of the states involved in this outbreak and asked. The California Department of Public Health stated that as of May 9, 2018, there are 30 people sickened in this outbreak in … [Read more...]

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