IMPORTANT: If you believe that you or someone you know has been injured by romaine lettuce related to this outbreak call
Andrews & Thornton IMMEDIATELY at (800) 664-1734
On April 10, 2018, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a statement saying that they were investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections.
The outbreak has grown to 172 cases in 32 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Immediate medical attention required. Tests allow doctors to trace the cause and identity of the illness. Blood tests are not enough, diagnosis must be made by stool sample.
70 percent of those infected have been hospitalized and several have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. On May 1, 2018, it was reported that one death occurred from the outbreak in California.
The CDC is currently advising:
- Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
- Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.
- Seek immediate medical attention and submit to all necessary tests.
Symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infection vary from person to person, but often include but are not limited to:
- Severe stomach cramps
- Diarrhea (often bloody)
Andrews & Thornton has a long-standing record of successfully litigating foodborne illness cases. If you or someone you know has been affected by this outbreak, we can handle your case and get you the justice that you deserve.
If you believe that you or someone you know has been injured by romaine lettuce related to this outbreak call Andrews and Thornton IMMEDIATELY at (800) 664-1734 or use the contact form below.