St. Louis Area E. Coli Outbreak Leaves 27 Sickened – Source Still Unknown

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

In recent weeks, E. Coli related illnesses have grown in the St. Louis and surrounding areas, although the source of the outbreak is still undetermined.  To date, 27 people have become ill after contracting E. Coli, a group of bacterial strains found in the intestines and related to contaminated foods.

Although the source is not known at this time, St. Louis County Health Departments spokesman John Shelton said recently that it appears to be a virulent strain.  In 9 days, the number of illnesses related to the E. Coli outbreak rose from 22 to 27.  E. Coli is generally spread through unpastuerized milk, consuming tainted foods or contaminated water, or by coming in contact with feces of infected individuals.

On October 31st, Schnucks stores made a voluntary decision to remove certain items from their salad bars after some individuals who became ill reported that they had eaten from the bars.  Schnucks has not been named as a source of the E. Coli, but their food safety department is taking every possible precaution to ensure the safety of consumers.  So far, no foods that have been tested in regards to Schnucks stores have been found to be positive for E. Coli.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is proactively investigating the cause of the outbreak; the agency is leading a team of local, state and federal health experts in the investigation, which involves environmental sampling, interviews with those that have reported illness, and laboratory analysis.

Luckily, no one has developed complications from their illness thus far.  Hopefully the source of the E. Coli bacteria will be revealed soon.

Brown Chiari invites those who have become ill after consuming foods possibly contaminated with E. Coli to contact our New York personal injury attorneys for an evaluation of your claim.

E. Coli Outbreak in Wisconsin Remains a Mystery

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Since mid-July, 12 individuals have become ill and one has died in Green County, Wisconsin due to E. Coli food poisoning bacteria.  Although no food or water source has been identified as the cause of the outbreak, public health officials recently stated that it was believed that improper hand washing is to blame for the spread of the bacteria.  Most of those who have become ill are under 6 years old, according to Officer RoAnn Warden of the Green County Health Department.

Just a few days ago, two Monroe elementary school children were hospitalized with E. Coli O157:H7 infections.  According to officials, the children had the same strain of bacteria responsible for all of the related illnesses that have been occurring since mid-July.  While it seemed that the outbreak was contained between July and the first week of September, several weeks later three more kindergarten students were confirmed to have the infection.  All three attended Lincoln Elementary School.

On Friday, October 21st, a press release was issued by the Green County Health Department regarding testing of 4K and kindergarten students.  The press release stated that parents and guardians of all children attending Abe Lincoln Elementary School who are in the 4K and kindergarten group are required to have their children tested for the E. Coli O157 bacterium.  This is an effort by the county to help stop the spread of the bacteria at the school.

While the source of the E. Coli outbreak has yet to be determined, health department officials urge thorough handwashing after visiting the restroom and before preparing foods.  It is believed that inadequate handwashing is the primary reason that the bacteria has spread through kindergarten children.

Young children are typically some of the hardest hit victims when it comes to food poisoning.  While most healthy adults experience mild symptoms which may include nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and fever, some individuals are an increased risk of developing serious or life-threatening complications.  These include the elderly, young children and those with a weakened immune system.

The New York product liability attorneys at Brown Chiari work aggressively to protect victims of food poisoning.  Contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim.