December 11, 2016

E. coli Outbreak in King County WA: 2 Children with HUS

An E. coli outbreak in King County, Washington has sickened at least three children under the age of 5, according to the county's public health department. Two of them developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially life-threatening complication of E. coli infections and have been hospitalized. The third child is recovering at home. The children reported eating fresh produce before becoming ill, but health officials have not yet determined the source of the outbreak. “This looks like the beginnings of an outbreak as the three cases were reported within 13 days of each other – all from the same county.  Additionally, all had the dangerous form of E. coli that produces harmful toxins,” said Brendan Flaherty, an attorney with the national food safety law firm, which underwrites … [Read more...]

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