The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared that the recent outbreak of E. coli (Escherichia coli) that affected romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region appears to be over. By May 8, there were 149 confirmed cases of E. coli food poisoning linked to romaine lettuce from this part of the US. of E. coli food poisoning. The CDC recorded 210 total cases during the outbreak.
According to the CDC, the strain of E. coli (E. coli O157:H7) responsible for the outbreak was especially virulent and can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome. This is a potentially fatal type of kidney failure that is associated with toxic Shiga-producing strains of E. coli. The CDC recorded five deaths during the outbreak. Antibiotics can increase the risk of developing hemolytic uremic syndrome in cases involving E. coli 0157:H7.
Symptoms of E. coli poisoning, which can occur three to four days after ingesting the bacteria, include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. According to the CDC, some individuals who develop hemolytic uremic syndrome may die or suffer permanent kidney damage. Children, older adults and individuals with compromised immune systems have a greater risk of developing life-threatening complications.
Injury or Wrongful Death Compensation for Food Poisoning
Food product manufacturers may be liable for deaths or injuries caused by tainted goods. If a food product sickened you or a loved one, then you should speak with an attorney. The Washington DC product liability lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC could help you determine whether it would be possible to secure compensation for your injuries or loss.