Two children who were at the Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE) are fighting life-threatening HUS E. coli illnesses as public health officials and infectious disease lawyer Fred Pritzker work to determine the cause of the outbreak. Dr. Lauri Smithee, Acute Disease Service Director of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, confirmed the outbreak is associated with this year’s OYE in an interview with Food Poisoning Bulletin. Twelve people are sick, in various stages of confirmation while four people have been confirmed as being E. coli infected.
Most critically, the two children whose infections have advanced to the point of kidney failure and other symptoms of HUS, or hemolytic uremic syndrome, are hospitalized. One of the victims is two years old, the other is eight. HUS E. coli can strike anyone who has been touched by toxic E. coli, but children and older adults are the most susceptible to it. Pritzker said investigators need to turn over every stone to determine the source of the outbreak for the sake of deterring more illnesses. But litigation can possibly proceed on behalf of the injured even if the cause is not exactly determined.
“Families who are in crisis with HUS E. coli quickly learn the magnitude of this disease and the importance of getting help,” said Pritzker, who has helped clients get compensation after being sickened by cattle, goats and llama. “There are serious long-term implications for a person’s health in all these cases.”
Smithee said public health investigators are concentrating on case control studies and trying to match the genetic fingerprint of the outbreak strain of E. coli to people who are sick. Besides blanketing the potential livestock sources for the outbreak, agency officials also are considering other possible causes, including food served at the fairgrounds during the 10-day event.
OYE is the largest youth livestock show in the country, with a century of tradition. At the fairgrounds this year, four barns were in use during the Expo. The livestock shown included cattle, sheep, and goats. Because toxic E. coli and other harmful bacteria are emitted in the feces of these animals, national standards have been in place for years to help operators minimize the risk of contamination for attendees. Part of the investigation will dwell on whether the compendium of safety standards was followed.
Several children have hospitalized with E. coli infections after attending the Oklahoma Youth Expo, an anual event where youth have an opportunity to show their livestock. One child developed complications and is in intensive care. In most E. coli outbreaks involving children, at least one develops hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), the leading cause of kidney failure in children in the United States. The Expo was held March 12 – 20, 2014.
Stool samples of the children sickened in the outbreak were sent to the Oklahoma State Department of Health for testing. The tests found E. coli bacteria. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) testing is being done to determine if the DNA “fingerprints” of the bacteria match. If they match, it is solid evidence that they were all sickened by the same source. Health officials have also taken environmental, food, and animal stool samples for testing. If E. coli is found, PFGE testing will also be done on these samples.
“Finding the source of an E. coli outbreak in a situation can be difficult,” said attorney Fred Pritzker, who represents children sickened by E. coli and recently won $4.5 million for a teen who contracted E. coli from steak served at a restaurant and then developed HUS.
Fred has helped clients get compensation after being sickened by cattle, goats and llama. He also won a wrongful death settlement for parents whose young son died after attending a state fair. The specific source of that outbreak was never determined. You can contact Fred and his Bad Bug Law Team for a free consultation by calling 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or by submitting the firm’s free consultation form (click here now).
An E. coli infection outbreak in the Windham, Connecticut area may be connected to a pizza restaurant in Willimantic. At least 7 people have been diagnosed with E. coli food poisoning. The 7 E. coli victims were sickened in the last half of December. Two children sickened in the outbreak were hospitalized, one of whom is still in the hospital with kidney failure.
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Ryan Osterholm are helping parents of children sickened in this outbreak. You can contact them for a free E. coli case review (click here now).
The investigation into the outbreak has not pinpointed the food item that was contaminated with E. coli; however, you may still have a claim against the restaurant.
Two Tyro Middle School Students with E. coli-Associated Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome are Part of North Carolina Outbreak
Two Tyro Middle School students contracted E. coli O157 infections and then developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). They are part of an E. coli outbreak in Davidson County, North Carolina, that includes at least one more child who contracted an E. coli infection but did not develop HUS. That child does not attend Tyro Middle School.
The source of the outbreak has not been determined. “E. coli infections in children are usually caused by contaminated food or water,” said Fred Pritzker, a national E. coli lawyer who has represented many E. coli and HUS patients. He is providing parents with a free consultation (click here now). “It is critically important to do everything possible to find the source of the outbreak, both to prevent further illness and to provide answers to victims and their parents.”
We want to applaud Tyro Middle School, located near Lexington, NC, for its efforts to inform parents of the outbreak and the symptoms of an E. coli infection. This information is on the homepage of the school’s website. We would also like to urge parents to be alert to symptoms, which can include bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps, vomiting and, in only a few cases, fever. This is a violent illness, and parents will know there is something wrong. Parents should know that the use of antibiotics is not recommended because medical research has found a connection between antibiotic use and HUS.
HUS is a complication of an E. coli infection. It is characterized by kidney problems, often leading to kidney failure. This can happen very quickly. It is caused by Shiga toxins produced by E. coli O157, which enter cells and stop them from producing proteins the cell needs to function. Without the ability to sustain its function, the cell dies.
CDC Final Update of Trader Joe’s Salad E. coli Outbreak in California, E. coli Lawyers Continue Investigating
The CDC has issued its final update of the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to 2 Trader Joe’s salads: Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken, produced by Glass Onion Catering of Richmond, California. The final numbers are 33 people in 4 states sickened: California (28), Arizona (1), Texas (1) and Washington (3).
The ages of those sickened ranged from 2 years to 78 years. Seven of them were hospitalized. Of them, two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe complication of an E. coli infection that causes kidney failure and a host of other serious health problems, including seizures, stroke, coma, blindness and heart failure.
The investigation of the outbreak quickly focused on Trader Joes, and then found the connection with consumption of Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken or Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken. These salads were processed and packaged by Glass Onion Catering.
In interviews, ill persons answered questions about foods consumed and other exposures during the week before becoming ill. Nineteen (86%) of 22 ill persons interviewed report shopping at different Trader Joe’s grocery store locations. Twelve (80%) of 15 ill persons reported consuming a ready-to-eat salad purchased from Trader Joe’s. Two types of ready-to-eat salads, the Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken, were reportedly consumed by 12 (80%) of 15 ill persons during interviews.
The CDC and state health investigators used DNA “fingerprints” of E. coli bacteria obtained with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to identify E. coli illnesses that were part of this outbreak. The type of bacteria responsible for this outbreak was a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli or STEC, specifically E. coli O157:H7.
On November 10, 2013, Glass Onion Catering voluntarily recalled about 181,620 pounds of ready-to-eat salads and sandwich wrap products with fully cooked chicken and ham that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The products were produced between September 23, 2013 and November 6, 2013 and shipped to distribution centers for sale in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. The products, regulated by FSIS, bear the establishment number “P-34221” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Elliot Olsen, Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm are continuing their investigation of this outbreak. You can contact them for a free consultation (click here now) about a lawsuit for compensation, including medical expenses, lost income, physical pain, lost income and other damages.
The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed that the strain of E.coli that caused nine children to become ill after drinking raw milk obtained from McBee Dairy Farm near Knoxville has been matched to animal waste collected at the dairy.
“This is further evidence that the raw milk is the source of the illnesses,” said Fred Pritzker, an attorney who represents children who are the victims of E. coli outbreaks, including those who develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe complication of an E. coli infection that causes kidney failure, which in turn can cause seizures, stroke, heart failure, pancreatitis and other serious health problems.
This strain of E. coli is particularly dangerous. Five of the nine children required hospitalization and three developed HUS kidney failure.
The Tennessee Department of Health investigation involved an on-site inspection of the farm, interviews of 88 households that purchased milk from McBee Dairy Farm, and laboratory analysis of bacterial strains found in samples and materials.
“This outbreak points out, again, the serious risks associated with drinking unpasteurized or ‘raw’ milk,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “While people with stronger immune systems may be able to overcome the bacteria found in raw milk, children, older people, pregnant women and those with health conditions can be seriously harmed by bacteria in non-pasteurized milk products and should not consume them.”
“Milk from the healthiest-appearing cows in the cleanest dairy operations can still contain deadly microorganisms,” said TDH State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD. “Pasteurization, which simply involves heating the milk, kills these microorganisms and leaves the healthy nutrients. Those who consume raw milk are playing Russian roulette with their health; the glass they drink today may not have deadly microorganisms, but the one they drink tomorrow may cause serious health problems or even death.”
You can contact attorney Fred Pritzker and his E. coli litigation team for a free E. coli lawsuit consultation (click here now).
E. coli O157:H7 from Trader Joe’s Salad in California: E. coli Lawyers Investigate Outbreak and Recall
You or a loved one ate a salad purchased from Trader Joe’s. Now, after a diagnoses of E. coli food poisoning, you find out that the salad was later recalled (too late for you and many others) and may be the source of the illness. What do you do? Can you sue Trader Joe’s? What about the company that actually made the salad, Glass Onion Catering, a California company?
To determine if you have an E. coli food poisoning claim against Trader Joe’s and/or Glass Onion Catering, you can contact attorneys Fred Pritzker, Elliot Olsen and Brendan Flaherty for a free consultation with the form below.
E. coli Claim Form
Trader Joe’s E. coli Outbreak Update
To date, 32 cases of E. coli O157:H7 in 4 states are part of an outbreak linked to salad products made by Glass Onion Catering, which recalled certain wraps and salads it produced between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6, 2013. You can see a Glass Onion Catering Recall 2013 list here. The recalled salads had been distributed to Trader Joe’s and a number of other stores. Only Trader Joe’s sold the salads in all 4 of the states involved in the outbreak: Arizona, California, Washington and Texas.
The outbreak investigation found sufficient evidence to link some of the illnesses to 2 specific salads sold at Trader Joe’s:
- Trader Jose’s Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken (sold in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington); and
- Trader Joe’s Field Fresh Chopped Salad (sold in Northern California and Northern Nevada).
To date, 15 of the outbreak victims have provided detailed information about what they ate prior to getting sick. Of these 15, 12 reported eating Trader Joe’s Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken or Trader Jose’s Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken days before getting sick with symptoms of E. coli. The only salad sold in all 4 outbreak states was Trader Jose’s Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken.
The investigation is now focusing on which ingredient in the the implicated Trader Joe’s salads was tainted with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. Both contained lettuce, Asiago cheese and chicken.
“E. victims do not need to know which salad ingredient was tainted to have a claim for money damages,” said Fred. “However, we will continue to investigate this because finding the specific source of the outbreak is an important step in preventing more illnesses.”
Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Elliot Olsen and Brendan Flahery have helped people from California and other states get compensation from companies that sold food contaminated with E. coli bacteria. They are three of the few attorneys in the nation who have won cases for E. coli victims who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). There success is based on years of experience and knowing how to use scientific evidence like pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to win personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against food processors, retailers, restaurants and others. You can contact them for a free E. coli lawsuit consultation (click here now).