E. Coli Outbreak in Wisconsin Remains a Mystery

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.

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