June 21, 2018

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...]

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...]

Lawsuits Filed as Deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to Romaine Grows to 172 Sick

Lawsuits are being filed as the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has now sickened 172 people in 32 states. That's an addition of 23 more ill persons since the last update 7 days ago. And three more states have reported patients: Iowa, Nebraska, and Oregon. The patient case count by state in this deadly E. coli O157:H7 outbreak is: Alaska (8), Arizona (8), California (39), Colorado (3), Connecticut (2), Florida (1), Georgia (4), Idaho (11), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (5), Minnesota (12), Mississippi (1), Missouri (1), Montana (8), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (8), New York (5), North Dakota (2), Ohio (6), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (21), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (1), Utah (1), Virginia (1), … [Read more...]

Why Are There So Many HUS Complications in the E. coli O157:H7 Romaine Outbreak? An Attorney Answers

The hospitalization rate and hemolytic uremic syndrome case count in the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce has been very high. Typically, in an E. coli outbreak, about 30% of patients are hospitalized, and about 5 to 10% develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). But in this outbreak, the hospitalization rate is almost 50%, and 13% of those patients have developed HUS. Why is the hospitalization rate and the HUS rate so high in this particular outbreak? Typically, the group most susceptible to developing HUS is children under the age of 5. The patient age range in this outbreak is from 1 to 88. There could be quite a few children sick, which may explain the high HUS rate. Another explanation for the high HUS rate and the high hospitalization … [Read more...]

Romaine E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Spreads to Canada; More Lawsuits?

The E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak linked to romaine lettuce that is plaguing the United States has moved to Canada, according to a Public Health Notice posted by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Six people in that country are sick with E. coli O57 infections with a "similar genetic fingerprint" to illnesses in the U.S. Two of those sickened said they visited the U.S. before they got sick. Three people got sick in Canada, and information is pending for the fourth person. The notice states that the likely source of the outbreak in Canada is romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing regions in the U.S. The case count in Canada is: British Columbia (1), Alberta (1), Saskatchewan (2), and Ontario (2). The patients got sick between late March and mid-April 2018. One of the Canadian cases … [Read more...]

Attorney Explains How E. Coli O157:H7 Bacteria Cause STEC Infection and HUS and Why Lawsuits Are Filed in the Romaine Lettuce Outbreak

With the multistate E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickening so many people in the U.S., many people are asking for details about this bacteria and what a STEC infection does to the human body. We asked attorney Brendan Flaherty to explain how E. coli bacteria damage the body and why people file lawsuits. Brendan said that most types of E. coli bacteria won't hurt you. But some, especially the kinds that produce Shiga toxins, can cause serious illness and can even be deadly. E. coli are rod-shaped, gram-negative bacteria. They are found everywhere: in food, in soil, and in the intestines of people and animals, especially ruminant animals such as cows and goats. The E. coli bacteria that cause illness are called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or … [Read more...]

FDA Says Romaine From Yuma Not Being Distributed; Lawyer Says E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak May Continue

The FDA released a statement on May 9, 2018, saying that the Arizona Leafy GreenS marketing Agreement administered by the Arizona Department of Agriculture has confirmed that romaine lettuce is no longer being produced and distributed from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This is the area that produced the lettuce linked to a multistate E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that has sickened 149 people in 29 states. Seventeen of those patients have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can destroy the kidneys. But the lettuce has a 21-day shelf life. That means it could still be available in restaurants and supermarkets, and consumers could still have it in their homes. The government can not be certain that romaine lettuce from that region is no longer in the supply … [Read more...]

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...]

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