August 16, 2018

Deadly Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak May Be Linked to Cow Feces

The FDA just updated their investigation into the deadly Romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak this summer that sickened 210 people in 36 states and killed 5. Ninety-six people were hospitalized, including 27 who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. It seems that canal water in the Yuma Arizona growing region is close to a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO). In other words, it's likely that cow feces contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria got into the canal water that irrigated the romaine lettuce fields in that area. CAFOs are huge cattle operations that can hold more than 100,000 head of cattle at any one time. There is a cluster of romaine lettuce farms nearby. The Environmental Assessment report the FDA is working on will be … [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...]

Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157 Outbreak Ends in Canada Too With No Answers

The romaine lettuce E. coli O157 outbreak that has sickened 197 people in the U.S. and killed 5 has been declared over in Canada by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The CDC and FDA in the United States have not declared an end to this outbreak, but do say that "product is no longer being harvested or distributed from this area and is no longer available in stores or restaurants, due to its 21-day shelf life." In Canada, eight people were sickened with E. coli O157 infections with a similar genetic fingerprint to people sickened in the U.S. there have not been any new illnesses reported to public health officials since late April 2018, so the outbreak notice states, "the Canadian outbreak appears to be over and the outbreak investigation has been closed." In the Canadian … [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...]

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...]

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