Minnesota E. coli Lawsuit Rooted in State Investigation

Testing for E. coliA Minnesota E. coli lawsuit that made national headlines in July was made possible by another successful outbreak investigation by the Minnesota Department of Health — one of five such breakthroughs for the agency in 2014 . A review of state records shows that the state health department solved three toxic E. coli outbreaks linked to more than 85 confirmed illnesses. The agency also solved a pair of Salmonella outbreaks. The clusters of E. coli infection involved customers of several Minnesota Applebee’s restaurants, visitors to a traveling petting zoo and members of northern Minnesota’s Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

E. coli lawyer Fred Pritzker, founder and president of PritzkerOlsen, P.A., represents victims of the Applebee’s outbreak and continues to accept new Minnesota cases uncovered by state epidemiologists in St. Paul. His own staff attorneys conduct follow-up investigations and pursue claims for families who seek to hold the purveyors accountable. If you or a loved one has been sickened in a Minnesota E. coli outbreak, contact Fred for a free case consultation about your legal options. His Minneapolis-based plaintiffs’ firm is one of the very few legal groups in the country practicing extensively in the area of foodborne illness litigation and he has recovered tens of millions for survivors of food poisoning, nationwide.

The Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar outbreak of E. coli O111 arose in July after several patrons in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota fell ill with infections that required hospitalization in some cases. Several case patients had eaten Oriental Chicken Salad, investigation showed, and the restaurant chain temporarily pulled the item from its menus and switched ingredient suppliers. Ultimately, health officials determined that green cabbage sourced from out of state was the likely cause of the outbreak. Attorney Pritzker filed the first lawsuit in the outbreak, which is now pending in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on behalf of man from Oakdale, Minn., who at the Oriental Chicken Salad.E. coli Free Case Review

The state’s largest E. coli outbreak in 2014 involved catered food at a series of social events on the Fond du Lac reservation near Cloquet. The Minnesota Department of Health reported just last month that the late-summer outbreak was traced to raw celery from California as the likely cause. Jim-N-Jo’s Northland Katering used the celery to make potato salad and veggie trays served at a reception and a picnic for elders. The depth of that investigation actually pinpointed the farm field near Gonzales, California, where the celery was harvested thanks to cooperation from California health officials. Investigation showed that close to 60 people were sickened by the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7, a quarter of whom were hospitalized. A Fond du Lac E. coli lawsuit has been filed.

Minnesota also solved an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that struck children who attended the Zerebko Zoo Tran traveling petting zoo at various county fairs and celebrations in the state during July. Of 13 confirmed cases, seven victims were hospitalized and two developed a life-threatening complication know as hemolytic uremic syndrome, or E. coli HUS. The investigation halted the owner from showing his animals at two more events scheduled for August. Petting zoo E. coli outbreaks are not uncommon and our law firm has recovered compensation for children and adults sickened by pathogens spread from the feces of livestock or show animals in these various settings.

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E. coli Outbreak at Tribe’s Elder Picnic Traced to Caterer, Potato Salad

Potato SaladA 2014 summer picnic for elders of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa prompted a Minnesota public health investigation when a number of participants fell sick with infections of E. coli O157:H7, a very dangerous human pathogen. The results of that probe now show that potato salad served by the picnic’s caterer probably contained contaminated celery grown on a farm in California’s Salinas Valley. In addition, the suspect celery was used by the same caterer at other July events in the Upper Midwest — including a wedding and a pow-wow — spreading the germ further than first known, according to a new report. Together, the outbreak sickened 48 Minnesotans, four people in Wisconsin, two in Alabama and one each from Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, the report said.

E. coli lawyer Fred Pritzker has obtained the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Investigation Summary, which includes a pin-pointed map of the very field north of Gonzales, Calif., where the celery was grown. Assisted by investigators from the California Department of Public Health, Minnesota officials learned that the field was very close to a defunct dairy operation. Manure from cows is a major source of E. coli O157:H7 and it has been known to spread by rains and other conduits into crop fields.

Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team are providing free case consultations to individuals and families sickened in this outbreak. The data show a clear chain of distribution: Jim-N-Jo’s Northland Katering of Cloquet, Minn., purchased the produce from Upper Lakes Foods Inc. (ULF). ULF obtained it from ProAct Inc., a wholesaler, and the celery was grown at the Martignoni Ranch, according to the Investigation Summary.  The Pritzker law firm is studying the case to hold the responsible businesses accountable. Lawyers for the firm have won tens of millions for victims of E. coli food poisoning over many years. Even if you think your illness was not serious, contact an attorney to understand your legal rights.

Jim N Jo’s Katering is licensed by the University of Minnesota and operates out of the Cloquet Forestry Center. The Investigation Summary said the caterer’s potato salad was made from scratch, then blended with a commercially made potato salad. Officials who studied the outbreak determined that the potato salad wasn’t served at some of the venues where people fell ill. But at all of those events, raw celery was included in the food offerings.

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Understanding TTP for E. coli Food Poisoning Victims

With every major outbreak of toxic E. coli, there comes the risk that a percentage of patients — especially young children — will develop a life-threatening disease known as HUS, or hemolytic uremic syndrome. Food poisoning media coverage is rife with descriptions, case histories and warnings of HUS, a disorder that typically starts with a frightening one-two punch of bloody diarrhea followed by acute kidney failure.

E. coli Bacteria from ARSTTP is akin to HUS, but receives less attention in mainstream conversations about E. coli outbreaks and is more apt to strike adults and sometimes adolescents. The peak incidence for TTP is between the ages of 30 and 40 years. When groups of  E. coli outbreak patients are hospitalized after eating tainted hamburger, raw milk, lettuce, sprouts or other food, it’s possible that some of the unfortunate victims are being treated for TTP, which stands for thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

Sometimes referred to as TTP-HUS, the diseases are alike because they are serious blood disorders that come with the potential for a constellation of complications related to the kidneys, heart, brain and central nervous system. Exposure to Shiga toxins from E. coli O157:H7 and other types of toxic E. coli is a common trigger. TTP is a disease that can be fatal or cause lasting damage if it’s not treated right away. It usually comes on suddenly and lasts for days or weeks, but it can continue for months. Relapses or flareups also can occur. In fact, research shows that TTP is likely to become a chronic disease in many patients.

Free Case EvaluationIn TTP lawsuits related to food poisoning outbreaks, the depth and fairness of monetary settlements depends partly on your attorney’s grasp of the severity of the disease. PritzkerOlsen, P.A., is one of the very few law firms in the country practicing extensively in the area of foodborne illness litigation and it has collected tens of millions of dollars for E. coli TTP and HUS victims. Attorneys for the firm will consult with you for no charge, and if they agree to take your case, you will owe them nothing until you win payment from the parties responsible for your illness. Contact a TTP lawyer now to understand the reasons to sue.

The study of TTP has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. If TTP patients are diagnosed and properly treated during an outbreak, their acute illness will likely be overcome. However, relapses can occur without apparent precipitating causes or from stressors like surgery, infection or pregnancy. Occasionally the flareups may be persistent, requiring long-term plasma exchange, especially after several relapses. For these reasons, TTP E. coli outbreak victims deserve heavy consideration for what the future holds for them when calculating lawsuit damages.

TTP and HUS differ mainly in the relative degree of kidney failure. Typically, disorders in adults are described as TTP and are less likely to involve kidney failure. HUS is used to describe the disorder in children, which often starts with kidney failure on the heels of bloody diarrhea. Also important to the understanding of TTP is that people are not predisposed to it unless they have an inherited or acquired deficiency of a certain enzyme in their blood plasma.

Without treatment, acute TTP is almost always fatal, often within 10-14 days. With plasma exchange, most patients survive the acute event. Unlike HUS, bloody diarrhea does not regularly precede the onset of the disorder, but some TTP patients suffer abdominal pain before the illness flares.

In TTP, blood clots form in small blood vessels throughout the body. The clots can limit or block the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the body’s organs, such as the brain, kidneys, and heart. As a result, serious health problems can develop. The increased clotting that occurs in TTP also uses up platelets in the blood. Platelets are blood cell fragments that help form blood clots. These cell fragments stick together to seal small cuts and breaks on blood vessel walls and stop bleeding.

With fewer platelets available in the blood, bleeding problems can occur. People who have TTP may bleed inside their bodies, underneath the skin, or from the surface of the skin. Sometimes this takes on the appearance of a rash. “Thrombotic” refers to the blood clots that form. “Thrombocytopenic” means the blood has a lower than normal number of platelets. “Purpura” refers to purple bruises caused by bleeding under the skin.

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Montessori School E. coli Outbreak in West Linn, Oregon

Escherichia ColiA Montessori school in West Linn, Oregon, is at the center of a child E. coli outbreak that has drawn scrutiny from public health authorities in search of the cause. Staff members and students of  Heart Centered Montessori School are being screened for E. coli O157:H7 and investigators have swabbed surfaces at the school for the bacteria. The investigation was prompted by three confirmed illnesses among children who are enrolled. Officials told The Oregonian newspaper that testing should conclude soon.

E. coli O157:H7 is an organism that can threaten the lives of young children because they are the  most susceptible to a complication known as E. coli HUS, or hemolytic uremic syndrome. Kidney function is shut down and the disease can spiral into other areas, causing stroke, heart problems and neurological damage. Children who are sickened also face the risk of ongoing health problems related to vascular damage caused by E. coli toxins. The list of complications is long, which is why public health authorities have intervened at the West Linn Montessori school to stop the outbreak and protect other families from the threat of infection. In previous outbreaks at child care centers, E. coli O157:H7 has spread from person to person via feces contamination. Hand washing and other hygiene measures are all-important in those settings, especially when children are still in diapers.

Child E. coli litigation can be undertaken with the help of  lawyers who are skilled in the area of infectious disease outbreaks, including foodborne illness. If your child has been sickened in the Heart Centered Montessori E. coli outbreak, attorneys at PritzkerOlsen, P.A. , can answer your questions and inform you of your legal rights. Contact them now for a free case consultation. Our law firm has won tens of millions of dollars for survivors of E. coli outbreaks to help them recover and to hold parties who are responsible for the illnesses accountable.

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Lawyers for Applebees E. coli Lawsuit Representing Cluster of Victims

A Minnesota man infected with toxic E. coli O111 during this summer’s confirmed E. coli outbreak at Applebee’s restaurants in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Bemidji, Monticello and Willmar is being represented by our law firm in a food poisoning lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the Twin Cities. Judge Paul A. Magnuson is presiding in the case against franchisee Apple Minnesota LLC.

As the suit progresses, E. coli lawyers Fred Pritzer, Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm continue to accept other people who were sickened in the outbreak as clients. The firm already represents five of the people who were sickened. Click here to contact our E. coli lawyers for a free consultation. Our Minneapolis-based firm is one of the very few legal groups in the country practicing extensively in the area of foodborne illness. We hold food companies responsible for unsafe practices and instances of contamination that make people sick, including food poisoning deaths. Our E. coli clients have collected tens of millions of dollars in settlements and judgments.

According to an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Applebees E. coli outbreak began in mid- to late June. Epidemiologists for the department initially  identified 13 victims infected with the exact same strain of E. coli O111 and correlated that many of them had eaten at an Applebee’s restaurant. A further correlation was made to the Applebees oriental chicken salad and the company temporarily removed the item from its menu and changed suppliers of those ingredients. Before the outbreak ended, the health department confirmed two more cases for a total of 15 people sickened by toxic E. coli.

Pinning an outbreak to a specific ingredient isn’t necessary to file a food poisoning lawsuit, but in this case, the Minnesota Department of Health ultimately traced the E. coli O111 outbreak strain to raw cabbage used in Minnesota Applebee’s oriental chicken salad. The agency identified the supplier and then turned over its E. coli investigation results to the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates commercial produce in the United States.

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Wolverine Hamburger E. coli Outbreak Biggest of its Kind

The biggest hamburger E. coli outbreak traced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so far in 2014 centered around ground beef products by Wolverine Packing Company of Detroit, Michigan. As the CDC and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service gained information about illnesses in Michigan and Ohio, Wolverine announced a massive E. coli recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that had been sent to distribution centers nationwide. Restaurants were among the end-users.

If you or a loved one was sickened in this outbreak, you have legal rights under food poisoning law to file a hamburger E. coli lawsuit and be compensated. Free case consultations are available from the Bad Bug Law Team at PritzkerOlsen.  The team has recovered tens of millions of dollars for case patients in ground beef E. coli cases. Claims should not only cover the spectrum of  a client’s immediate pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and related costs. Studies have shown that E. coli infections also can lead to chronic kidney trouble and other health consequences as years go by. A good E. coli lawsuit will cover those future considerations, including any projected loss of income because of the illnesses. Click here to contact the Bad Bug Law Team.

The Wolverine hamburger E. coli investigation by CDC and USDA confirmed 10 illnesses in Michigan and Ohio. Case patients also were confirmed in Missouri and Massachusetts. More than half of the outbreak victims were hospitalized. “Epidemiologic and traceback investigations conducted by local, state, and federal officials indicated that contaminated ground beef produced by Wolverine Packing Company was the likely source of this outbreak,” the CDC announced. All the infections in this outbreak were caused by a type of  E. coli known as E. coli O157:H7.  This toxic bacteria is associated with life-threatening hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a complication that arises in 5 to 15 percent of people who become infected. Children age 5 and under are the most susceptible to HUS, but it can strike patients of any age.

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E. coli Outbreak at Illinois Hospital Linked to Contaminated Medical Equipment

A 2013 E.coli outbreak at a hospital in northeastern Illinois has been linked to contaminated medical equipment, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study’s authors found that a cluster of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-producing  (NDM) E.coli cases was linked to contaminated endoscopes.

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The Petri dish on the right is CRE E. coli that proved to be resistant to all of the antibiotics tested, and is therefore, able to grow near the discs of different antibiotics. So the whole Petri dish is covered with bacteria.

Between March 2013 and July 2013, nine patients developed New Delhi NDM E.coli infections. A recent endoscopic procedure was found to be a strong indicator among case patients. Tests performed on some of the endoscopes used found the same strain in the elevator channel, a feature unique to side-viewing endoscopes that accommodates catheters, guide wires and other accessories. The design of the channel may make it difficult to completely disinfect, researchers said.

If you are one of the patients who contracted an E. coli infection from contaminated medical equipment and would like a free, no-obligation consultation about the legal issues associated with your case,  contact  an E. coli lawyer at PritzkerOlsen.

 

 

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Five Things You Should Know Before Trying Raw Milk

An E.coli outbreak in Kentucky has put raw milk in the spotlight again. Five children who drank the milk contracted E.coli infections, four of them are hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a condition striking some E. coli patients that causes kidney failure, seizure, stroke, coma and death.

As E. coli lawyers, we have seen the tragic effects raw milk can have on those who thought they were making a healthful addition to their diets. Here are five things we wish everyone knew about raw milk:

1. Raw Milk Does Not Cure Allergies, Asthma or Lactose Intolerance

Advocates say raw milk can cure asthma and lactose intolerance and alleviate allergy symptoms. There is no scientific evidence to support these claims. Whether it is raw or pasteurized, milk contains lactose and the proteins, whey and casein. If you are having trouble digesting milk, you are not alone. Most people outgrow the ability to digest milk by the time they are five years old. Between 60 and 75 percent of adults worldwide can’t tolerate dairy and follow dairy-free diets that derive calcium from other sources.

2. Other Foods Are Safer Sources of Beneficial Bacteria

Raw milk contains bacteria. Some of it is good, some of it is not. Advocates will say beneficial bacteria are a key part of boosting immune health. While that may be true, other foods such as yogurt and kefir can deliver the good bacteria without the life-threatening risk of the bad.

3. The Bad Bacteria in Raw Milk is Pretty Bad

E.coli, Campylobacter and other pathogens can’t be seen with the naked eye. If you visit the dairy and it seems clean, that doesn’t mean it is free of harmful bacteria. Only a small amount of E.coli bacteria will make someone sick. And one of the most dangerous strains, E.coli O157:H7, wasn’t around before 1982. So, “back in the day” stories from anyone born before the Reagan Administration aren’t germane.

4. Children Are Among Those Most At Risk

Because their immune systems are not fully developed, children are among those most at risk for foodborne illness and its severe complications. Others in this group include pregnant women, seniors and those with compromised immune systems. In addition, because they are part of a large milk-drinking demographic, young children are disproportionately affected in raw milk outbreaks.

5. The Farmer or Buyer’s Club is Friendly, Until You Get Sick

In almost all of these outbreaks, the farm and/or buyer’s club members will say “it wasn’t the milk.”  In this outbreak, the buyer’s club makes no mention of the illnesses on its website of Facebook page. Even worse is what some raw milk advocates do say. Look at the comment section of any news story where is an outbreak or a parent tells the harrowing tale of a child who was sickened by raw milk and is in the hospital on dialysis, or having surgery to remove a section of his colon removed, or has experienced a seizure or needs a kidney transplant and you will see some pretty nasty stuff.

Finally, the physical and financial ramifications of an E.coli illness and hospitalization can be extensive. If you have an E.coli infection from raw milk or other food and would like to talk with an E.coli lawyer, contact us for a free no-obligation consultation.

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Kentucky Sees Raw Milk Nexus with HUS E. coli in Kids

Four Kentucky children who were hospitalized this month with HUS kidney failure had something significant in common: All four of them consumed raw, unpasteurized milk before contracting toxic E. coli infections, state health officials said. That finding came as a breakthrough of sorts for Kentucky’s food poisoning investigators, who are still trying to identify the source of the recent illnesses. For now, the relationship is close enough for the Kentucky Department of Public Health to issue a broad warning to consumers not to drink raw milk.

“At this time, we know that all of the children consumed unpasteurized milk, which is different from the milk and dairy products you purchase at the grocery store,” said Kentucky Health Commissioner Stephanie Mayfield. “Unpasteurized milk is dangerous and has not undergone a process to kill bacteria.”

HUS lawyer Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team have launched their own investigation of the Kentucky child E. coli outbreak while offering free case consultations to families of the victims. “HUS can strike people of any age, but children are the most likely to develop this disease when there is an E. coli outbreak,” Pritzker said. “Holding sellers of raw milk accountable will undoubtedly discourage this dangerous practice and begin to compensate the families.”

Kentucky maintains an outright ban against sales of raw milk within its borders to keep consumers safe from dangerous microorganisms, including E. coli. “Raw milk, no matter how carefully it is produced, may contain pathogens,” Commissioner Mayfield said.  “Just as we recommend that you don’t eat raw hamburger, pork or fish, we also advise that consumers don’t drink raw, unpasteurized milk.”

North Central Kentucky is where the outbreak occurred. Initial reports said six children were involved in the outbreak and that four of them were hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The cluster of illness included families in Hardin County, Oldham County and Boone County. Ages of the victims ranges from 18 months to 6 years old. Pritzker said claims against the sellers of raw milk also must recognize the long-term health risks known to follow HUS patients throughout their lives. Studies have shown that E. coli infections damage the vascular system, sometimes leading to severe high blood pressure, future kidney problems, heart damage and other problems later in life.

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E. coli Lawyer for Clover Sprouts Outbreak

Contaminated clover sprouts served at some Jimmy Johns sandwich restaurants, the Pita Pit and Daanen’s Deli contributed to one of this year’s biggest outbreaks of toxic E. coli. If you or a loved one were sickened in the outbreak, food poisoning lawyers at our firm will consult you on how to pursue a comprehensive recovery claim. A consultation is free and available by clicking here to contact an E. coli lawyer.

E. coli O121 is a toxic strain, much like the more prevalent E. coli O157. Studies have shown that people infected with this harmful bacteria can face long-term health complications after surviving the initial symptoms of severe diarrhea (often bloody), fever  and painful stomach cramps. The May 2014 outbreak associated with fresh, raw clover sprouts grown by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts is over. But some of the 19 victims in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah and California will face continued medical expenses if they are troubled by severe hypertension, kidney problems or other potential long-term effects of toxic E. coli infection, as others have been. A good E. coli lawyer takes into account these future scenarios, including future lost income, when representing outbreak victims.

Part of the evidence in this case is inspection data collected by field agents of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They observed number of unsanitary conditions, including  water dripping from rusty valves; a rusty and corroded mung bean room watering system; tennis rackets that had scratches, chips, and frayed plastic used to scoop mung bean sprouts; a pitchfork with corroded metal being used to transfer mung bean sprouts; and a squeegee with visible corroded metal and non-treated wood being used to agitate mung bean sprouts inside a soak vat.

On June 26, 2014, the FDA and CDC held a meeting with the owner of Evergreen Fresh Sprouts to advise the firm that the seed lot used to grow clover sprouts linked to this outbreak may be contaminated. At the end of the meeting, the owner of Evergreen Fresh Sprouts informed the FDA that the firm planned to discontinue using the seed lot linked to the outbreak.

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5 Children with E. coli and Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in Kentucky

Escherichia ColiFive children with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) are being treated at at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.  HUS is a complication of an E. coli infection that causes kidney (renal) injury, often acute kidney failure.  The Kentucky Department of Public Health has not determined how the children contracted E. coli infections.

Of the 5 children, 3 are from Hardin County, one is from Oldham County and one is from Boone County. Hardin and Oldham are in the Louisville area. Boone is not.

All of the children were very young and contracted infections from the same strain of E. coli.

“These children could have been sickened by food eaten at a restaurant, contact with an animal at a petting zoo or swimming in contaminated water,” said Fred Pritzker, a national food safety lawyer.  “The key is finding the thing that connects these children and then testing for the presence of E. coli bacteria.”

The primary reason for finding the source of the outbreak is to prevent further illness. If a source can be found, it is important to hold the businesses responsible accountable.

 

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Rice County Fair E. coli Outbreak Linked to Minnesota Petting Zoo

Calf Faribault’s Rice County Fair was host to an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections this summer linked to Zerebko Zoo Tran, a USDA-licensed and insured petting zoo from Bovey, Minn. Seven people were confirmed as case patients of the outbreak, including two people who didn’t attend the Rice County Fair but were infected by contact with others who did. The petting zoo operated at the Rice County Fair from July 15-20. By August 8, the Health Department was saying publicly that officials were investigating the petting zoo. Less than a week later, the link to Zerebko Zoo Tran was confirmed in a statewide press release based on scientific evidence.

Any Rice County E. coli lawsuit resulting from the petting zoo outbreak would be anchored by the genetic fingerprinting of E. coli bacteria completed by the state health department, E. coli lawyer Fred Pritzker said.  The same strain of E. coli O157 found in people who were hospitalized matched bacteria collected from the petting zoo. “The evidence is completely solid,” Pritzker said. “Out attorneys are preparing to represent victims in pursuit of claims for compensation. A county fair is no place to spread toxic E. coli.”

The PritzkerOlsen law firm provides free case consultations to all E. coli outbreak victims, including petting zoo cases. Past clients have been sickened in petting zoos and other types of animal exhibits in Minnesota, Colorado and elsewhere. In this year’s Zerebkoo Zoo Tran case, the health department also has identified victims from the Olmstead County Fair, Nashwauk’s 4th of July celebration and the Polk County Fair.ecolilawsuitactnow

The Minnesota county fair E. coli outbreak detailed by state-employed epidemiologists did include cases where children were sickened by a life-threatening complication known as E. coli HUS, or hemolytic uremic syndrome. Children under the age of five are the most susceptible to this disease, which includes kidney failure and can spiral into worse outcomes, including seizures, paralysis or death. It starts with an infection of E. coli O157:H7 or other type of toxic E. coli. Lawyers at PritzkerOlsen focus on holding companies and their insurance companies accountable for the full extent of injury.

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